Liverpool are going to sign a defender in January, just keep saying it and it will happen. They surely have no option other than signing a defender in January, to wait until the summer would be a huge gamble. The Reds are allegedly in competition with their title rivals for one player. Liverpool hold a key advantage over Man City in the race for David Alaba.
Liverpool need a defender
There is no two ways about it: the decision to start the season with just three centre backs was a gamble, a gamble that didn’t pay off.
The Reds sold Dejan Lovren and decided not to replace him ahead of the new season, the decision backfired massively.
We saw Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the season and Joel Matip sidelined early on, forcing Fabinho into the back four.
Fabby himself then pulled up with a hamstring problem, leading to Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips taking turns alongside Joe Gomez.
The injury crisis emphasised the need for reinforcements, a need likely to be addressed in January.
Liverpool and Man City chasing Alaba
According to 90Min, Liverpool are chasing David Alaba, along with Man City.
The Bayern Munich defender is out of contract at Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
This means that he can sign a pre-contract with another side from January with a view to a free transfer in the summer.
He is 28-years-old, holds two Champions League winners medals and nine Bundesliga titles. He is one of the most talented and versatile players in world football, it is only natural that a potential free transfer has piqued the interest of Europe’s elite.
Liverpool have Alaba advantage
Liverpool have an advantage over Man City in the David Alaba chase.
Whilst the Austrian played under Pep Guardiola at Bayern, the Spaniard referring to the defender as a ‘God‘ at one point, it is the same manager who gives the Reds the advantage in the race.
As it stands there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Pep Guardiola’s future at Man City.
The manager’s contract also expires at the end of the season and at the minute it is unclear whether or not he’ll extend.
Given that Alaba is available to negotiate from January, the Reds could hold the advantage if Pep hasn’t agreed a new deal by then.
The Austrian defender wouldn’t be too keen on signing for a club when he doesn’t know who will be in charge in his first full season.
Whereas Jürgen Klopp is tied to the Reds until 2024 and he holds the great respect of players in the Bundesliga.
If it is down to Liverpool and Man City – we could well edge it unless Pep sorts his future out soon.