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Alexander-Arnold injury emphasises Liverpool need to sign David Alaba

Liverpool are going to have to sign a defender in the January transfer window. The Reds back four has been devastated by injuries this season and they just keep piling up. This weekend saw yet another blow to the back line, the Trent Alexander-Arnold injury further emphasises why Liverpool need to sign David Alaba.

Liverpool should pursue David Alaba. (Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Injury crisis

Liverpool started the season with just three centre backs in the first team.

Fabinho was chosen as a makeshift fourth choice but the plan backfired just weeks into the campaign.

Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season when Jordan Pickford flew into his knees, whilst Joel Matip was sidelined by a muscle problem.

We then saw Fabinho pick up a hamstring issue, forcing Rhys Williams into the heart of defence.

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The latest blow has come at right back with Trent Alexander-Arnold forced off at the weekend with a calf injury.

 

Liverpool should pursue David Alaba

Over the summer the Reds made a statement in signing Thiago from Bayern Munich for a cut price fee.

The Reds were able to do so because the Spaniard’s contract was expiring at the end of the season, forcing his club to do a deal on the cheap.

Bayern Munich now have another player with an expiring contract, with talks of a renewal halted.

Liverpool could sign David Alaba in January on the cheap as a result and he would be the perfect man to come in at the moment.

At 28-years-old he still has a good half a decade left in the tank and, most importantly, he is incredibly versatile.

Alaba could fill in at centre back, in midfield and, crucially, at full back when needed.

Given that we have just picked up an injury to our superstar full back, Liverpool having David Alaba around to fill in would be ideal.

Sure, we don’t know how long Trent is out for but it is an indicator that it would be useful to have a world class player able to step into his shoes when needed.

A stumbling block could be his wages, 90Min reported that Bayern have offered him £290k a week. However, given that he’d arrive on a free, this may not be too big of an issue.

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