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Liverpool's interest in Roger Ibanez is a case of the right player at the wrong time

Liverpool like the look of 22-year-old AS Roma defender Roger Ibanez, according to reports. The Reds are set to face Arsenal in a race to land the rising Brazilian star.

This comes from Calciomercato as cited by The Mail. They say Liverpool have been heavily linked in the past, and that Arsenal have made an enquiry to sign the youngster.

Paris Saint Germain, Leicester, Tottenham and Everton are also said to hold an interest in Ibanez, who is valued at £35 million.

Ibanez, 22, is from Brazil and has been a regular in Serie A in 2020/21 for Roma. And originating from South America, he has a lot of top quality players to look up to in his career.

Indeed, according to Roma’s Official Website, Ibanzez ‘idolises’ current Chelsea star and Brazilian legend, Thiago Silva.

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Unfortunately, from Liverpool’s point of view, it could be a case of the right player at the wrong time.

Will Liverpool move for Ibanez?

Despite ongoing reports, it would seem that Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid dipping into the market in January.

The ECHO reported that the Reds won’t sign anyone next month. That could still change but only through injury or a sale.

The plan, then, is for the Liverpool manager to maintain faith in the options still available to him.

That’s a big decision, given the injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. It leaves Liverpool with just Fabinho as a makeshift defender, with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips to partner him.

Both of the latter two are vastly inexperienced. Williams was in National League North last season, while Phillips was in Bundesliga 2.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips plays a long pass despite the efforts of Newcastle United’s Callum Wilson during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James Park on December 30, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Lee Parker – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Klopp showcased against Newcastle that he is prepared to stick with the two youngsters heading into the New Year.

It appeared as if Williams was his first-choice, though. He started in the 2-1 win against Spurs and came off the bench during a 1-1 draw with West Brom.

Klopp shows his hand

Many expected Klopp to go with the 19-year-old again at St James’ Park. Then Klopp threw a huge curve-ball against Newcastle.

He started Phillips for the first time in over a month. It showcased that he is prepared to continuously rotate between Williams and Phillips.

Liverpool want two ready-made options accustomed to playing with Fabinho – which makes a lot of sense.

Klopp has seemingly showed his hand during Liverpool’s final game of 2020. He wants to put his faith in internal solutions and how they perform in the coming weeks will be interesting.

Matip is only out for three weeks, after all. Klopp can effectively rotate between the two youngsters before Matip’s inevitable return next month.

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