Liverpool reportedly have three impressive targets at centre-back. No matter which they pick, it’ll be a job well done.
Liverpool, naturally, will have centre-back targets right now. Virgil van Dijk is out for the season, Joe Gomez is gone long-term, and Joel Matip can’t stay fit for long.
Those are the only senior centre-backs at the club. There are problems, as you can see.
The Reds will surely venture into the January transfer market then to correct things. Various reports have them looking at talented up-and-comers, so we thought we’d highlight three impressive targets.
Upamecano is the big one, without question. SportBild claim he has a £36m release clause at the end of the season and Liverpool wanted him anyway.
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You’d think the defensive crisis could well speed that up, however. The Mirror recently suggested Upamecano as an option for January, for instance.
The player has plenty of experience in both the Bundesliga and Champions League but it still just 21. Upamecano is athletic, smart and his upside is enormous.
The fact he has a release clause, too, will only make RB Leipzig more likely to negotiate in January.
An interesting one. White is a very talented player but doesn’t have much top-flight experience. Instead, his talents were on show for Leeds United as they won promotion last season.
White is great with the ball and as he’s English, a great long-term option for the homegrown player quota. That’s worth a premium in of itself.
The Liverpool Echo recently said that the Reds are scouting him and we wouldn’t be too shocked if they try and tempt Brighton in January.
But it’s worth saying that the Daily Star claim the Seagulls value him at £40m – and that was before the season. Mid-season, it could be more.
The Mirror say that Liverpool have been watching Kabak for some time. He’s only 20 but has a few years of Bundesliga experience and his first season in Germany was certainly a standout for Stuttgart.
Kabak has not been quite the same for Schalke but there’s definitely a very talented player in there. He’s a long-term option, though.
Kabak may not be at the level Liverpool want immediately but SportBild have him at the cheapest of the three – £18m.
That makes him the lowest risk in terms of price but he’s possibly the highest in terms of ability. Whereas Upamecano is experienced and White knows English football, Kabak is a wildcard.
Perhaps that’s what the Reds want right now, though.
There is another more ridiculous option – Kalidou Koulibaly. We can’t see it actually happening but you can read our thoughts on it here.