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Emile Heskey backs Liverpool to sign David Alaba - 'he ticks all the boxes'

Liverpool will be signing a defender in the January transfer window. The Reds are down to the bare bones at the back and as a result a new recruit is essential. Just who will come through the door remains to be seen but Kopites have already started picking their favourites. Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey has backed Liverpool to sign David Alaba.

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Liverpool injury crisis

Ok, maybe starting the season with just three centre backs wasn’t the Reds greatest idea to date.

The club sold Dejan Lovren and neglected to replace him, putting a lot of faith in the fitness of Virgil van Dijk and co.

We have since lost Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk for the season, both with knee injuries, though JoGo could return before the end of the campaign.

As a result, an arrival in January is imperative to help the Reds maintain a title challenge.

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Emile Heskey backs Liverpool to bag Alaba

Liverpool have been persistently linked with David Alaba in recent weeks.

 

The Austrian defender is out of contract at Bayern Munich at the end of the season, leading many to believe that he could be secured on the cheap in January.

Rousing the Kop asked Emile Heskey if Liverpool should pursue a deal for David Alaba, the Anfield icon told us:

“I think so. You’ve got a player who plays left back, left side centre back and left wing back and he can step into midfield as well.

“You’ve got a younger version of James Milner, someone who can tick all the boxes but tick them well.

“If you look at what he’s achieved, he’s a winner, so he knows what it takes to win and that’s what you want within your squad.

“Because that rubs off on the younger players as well because what you do and what you’ve achieved, they want to do as well.”

What RTK has to say

Liverpool signing David Alaba would be a dream move.

The Austrian is versatile, he has winning pedigree and now he also has the backing of Anfield icon Emile Heskey.

Not only would he be able to plug the gap in defence by slotting in at centre back but when needed he could move into midfield, he could also cover both full backs with ease if they were struggling for fitness.

Whether the Reds’ reported interest is concrete remains to be seen but we’ll have our fingers and toes crossed.

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