Liverpool have recently been linked with a big-money move for Sevilla defender Diego Carlos – and Reds supporters have reacted on Twitter.
Carlos, 27, capped off his first season with the La Liga giants with a Europa League triumph following Sevilla’s 3-2 victory over Inter Milan to hand manager Julian Lopetegui his first major trophy in club football.
Sevilla’s sixth victory in the competition – their fourth in six years – capped off a remarkable campaign for the Spanish outfit who also finished fourth in La Liga this season.
Carlos was in the thick of the action during the win in Cologne as the Brazilian gave away a penalty before his emphatic bicycle kick forced the winning goal after deflecting off Romelu Lukaku.
He is a bit of late bloomer defensively having recently played in Ligue 1 with Nantes up until last summer after signing for Sevilla. He is now considered one of La Liga’s best centre backs and is heavily sought out by a number of rivals.
However, Carlos’ performance in Europe have showcased that the 6ft 1in defender has the tendency to be rather rash in his defending after being the culprit in penalties awarded against Sevilla during the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of their Europa League campaign.
Renowned for his streetwise combativeness, Carlos is one of the most opposing central defenders on the market.
His defensive instincts can be a bit rash at times with the player culpable of diving into challenges far too easily which would not translate well in the Premier League.
Despite an aggressive and combative defensive approach, his reading of the game is very impressive with Carlos averaging five interceptions per game – the joint-most in Spain this season.
His long-range passing is also an asset to be reckoned with and could be utilised by Liverpool who themselves enjoy direct cross-field balls from the back.
Liverpool could be in the market for a fourth central defensive option next season following the loss to Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg although Carlos’ price-tag does raise complications.
The main determining factor regarding a potential transfer that questions the validity of the reports is Carlos’ price-tag.
Sevilla put a €70m (£63m) release clause into the player’s contract immediately after the club landed him last summer.
The ongoing global pandemic and economic uncertainty would dictate that Liverpool are unlikely to spend such eye-watering figures on a defender approaching the latter stages of his career.
Also, Liverpool have showcased in the past that such gargantuan fees are only spent on players the club deem to be transformative players such as Van Dijk and Alisson Becker.
Considering Liverpool’s current defensive prowess coupled with the long-term development of Gomez, the transfer committee spending such money on Carlos seems unlikely.
Liverpool supporters were quick to respond on Twitter following Carlos’ performance in last night’s final – and many feel the Reds’ unlikelihood to land the Brazil-born centre back could represent a huge bullet dodge.
Here are a selection of responses following Carlos’ Europa League victory…
Diego Carlos= not LFC quality but that’s just me.
— Mike Warden of the Woods (@mjwoody805) August 21, 2020
This is the Diego Carlos some #lfc fans wanted…Give me ben white anytime anyway..
— Mayor Of Ohafia (@PhireMan511) August 21, 2020
Haven’t watched too much of Sevilla this season but Diego Carlos hasn’t looked great in the Europa league, conceding a penalty in the quarters, semis, and now the final. A rumoured LFC target too before Covid hit, bullet dodged?
— J ⚽️🏀🎾 (@Lausters) August 21, 2020
— Yogesh Makwana (@reeroo_bhroov) August 21, 2020
Good job we're not after Diego Carlos. He's as rash as Lovren. #lfc
— Rob Alban (@Euphoria1983) August 16, 2020
so this be the Diego Carlos they said LFC wanted to buy? lol
— Kofi Kwarteng (@kba_LFC) August 21, 2020
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