Liverpool should already consider a move for Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana. The teenager looks like an incredible talent.
Liverpool may well be in the market for a defender. Virgil van Dijk is likely out for the season, after all, with no guarantee that the 29-year-old will be back the same player.
That leaves Liverpool with just two senior centre-halves – Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. But the latter has injury problems of his own. Matip hasn’t featured regularly for a year now and missed the most recent game through injury, immediately after returning from the previous spell out.
He, too, is 29. In short, Liverpool need to think about signing a defender – maybe even multiple.
There are certainly links with a few. The Liverpool Echo claim the Reds like Brighton’s Ben White. The Mirror believes talks are underway for Ozan Kabak. SportBild lists Liverpool as wanting Dayot Upamecano.
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All are great, young defenders and players we’d be thrilled to have at Anfield. But we think Liverpool need to have at least one eye on Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.
Fofana only arrived at Leicester City in October for around £36m. They signed him from Saint-Etienne, managed by Claude Puel, and the ex-Foxes boss believes they’ve got a bargain.
Per the Leicester Mercury, Puel believes Fofana would have gone for much more if the move happened a year later. He tips the 19-year-old to become one of the world’s best and that the biggest clubs were lining up a 2021 move.
And Fofana’s start lends credence to that. He’s started two Premier League games now – at home to Aston Villa and away at Arsenal – and looked the part in both.
That’s no easy feat, given he’s a very inexperienced teenager. But Fofana is over 6ft tall, he’s fast, he’s eager to get on the ball, and happy to run with it.
In all, he looks like the perfect Jurgen Klopp defender in waiting. Those are all qualities Klopp likes in a high-line system that asks his defenders to pass forwards. There was a moment on 65 minutes against Arsenal were the centre-half burst down the right flank with the ball, moving his team forwards and pushing the Gunners back.
If Fofana is showing that ability at 19 in his second Premier League game, he could become a truly sensational player. We’d certainly back Brendan Rodgers to get him there.
Fofana may prove to be incredibly expensive after this season, certainly. Leicester won’t sell him cheap. But as we saw in Liverpool shattering their transfer record for Van Dijk, Fofana may prove to be a player too good to pass up. He looks like a very special talent at a time when the Reds are in the market.