Liverpool are in dire need of reinforcements at the back. The Reds have been reduced to the bare bones in defence and they’ll be looking to remedy the situation as soon as is feasible without compromising their successful recruitment policy. According to Simon Hughes, Liverpool ‘definitely’ have Dayot Upamecano on their list of targets.
Last man standing
Joel Matip is the last man standing in the Liverpool defence.
The Reds sold Dejan Lovren this summer and decided not to replace him, leaving just three centre backs in the first team.
Just a couple of months into the seaosn this gamble backfired massively.
Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the campaign after rupturing his ACL in the Merseyside Derby.
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Shortly after things got worse when makeshift centre back Fabinho pulled up with a hamstring problem.
Then somebody got their voodoo doll out and Joe Gomez pulled up with a knee injury, ruling him out for most of the season.
We need reinforcements, sharpish.
Liverpool targeting Dayot Upamecano
Speaking on The Athletic’s Red Agenda podcast, Simon Hughes confirmed that Liverpool are targeting Dayot Upamecano.
The journalist told the show that the 22-year-old is among the candidates to bolster the Reds’ defence:
“Looking at the position (centre back) and as ever Liverpool tend to narrow things down to a target of four players.
“Upamecano of Leipzig is definitely on that list, definitely on Liverpool’s radar.
“He’s a very very good player, someone who can play for whoever he signs for for the next 10 years, if he goes to one of the major European clubs which I think he will.
“His contract situation would allow him to get him for a decent price in the summer.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing Dayot Upamecano would set us up for years to come.
At just 22-years-old he is already one of the leading centre backs in Germany, he could form a partnership with Joe Gomez for the next decade.
The question is can we beat Bayern Munich to his £40m signature, we can only hope that they’re too distracted with the David Alaba situation to get a deal done in time.