Liverpool are in the market for a centre back, you don’t have to be a super sleuth to know that. The Reds are down to the bare bones at the back and need to remedy the situation in the near future. The club has been linked with a number of different players but one appears to be the forerunner. According to claims from Germany, Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano will leave RB Leipzig but not until the summer.
Liverpool bare bones defence
Jürgen Klopp started the season with just three centre backs in the first team.
The wisdom of the move was questioned far and wide as it seemed to place too much faith in the fitness of his starting pair.
Within the first couple of months of the season the gamble has backfired on the club.
Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for the season with a ruptured ACL whilst Joe Gomez will miss most of the campaign at least with a knee problem of his own.
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As a result Joel Matip is the last man standing at the back with Fabinho filling in alongside him – many believe a January move is necessary to bolster the ranks.
Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano update
Bild columnist Jan Aage Fjortoft has issued an update on reported Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano.
The 22-year-old is believed to be one of the primary candidates for the Reds when it comes to reinforcing the backline.
The Bild journalist tweeted that the young centre back will leave RB Leipzig but he isn’t expected to move until the summer.
Interest in the defender is high with many clubs vying to pay his £40m release clause.
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Liverpool signing Dayot Upamecano seems to be the first choice.
The youngster fits the bill in every possible way: he is quick, young, full of potential and his release clause isn’t too high.
The only mark against him is that he isn’t as tall as the likes of Virgil van Dijk but does that even matter these days? We don’t come up against too many teams chucking players into the box for crosses.
The catch with this update is that the deal isn’t expected until the summer. We could really do with a January arrival given the scant numbers at the back.