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Reported Liverpool interest in Gleison Bremer is exactly the right idea

Liverpool want Gleison Bremer, according to reports. The Torino defender is exactly the profile the Reds should consider in January.

This report comes from Italian journalist Matteo Pedrosi. He first made the claim on TuttoMercatoWeb radio before this article on Corriere Granata.

Pedrosi believes Liverpool have ‘strong interest’ in Gleison Bremer. They’re rivalling Everton, in fact, and the Reds are knocking on the door ‘with some insistence’.

Now, we won’t claim to have seen lots and lots of Bremer at Torino. But in terms of profile, this is exactly the kind of player Liverpool should look at.

Fitting the bill

First and foremost, Bremer’s age and experience are both perfect.

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Bremer is 23 and already has a full season in Serie A under his belt. Right off the bat, that’s what Liverpool want. He’s a player young enough to develop and play a secondary role, while also having the experience to step in right away and when needed.

More than that, he’s made the transition from Brazilian football to Italian football. That suggests he’s capable of switching countries with relative ease – something Liverpool would obviously want when buying abroad.

This is all perfect, then. Liverpool won’t want someone too old that they’re the finished article, after all. But at the same time, they can’t have them be so inexperienced that they might as well stick with Rhys Williams.

Bremer is a great middle ground.

Defensively, he’s a very solid tackler. The Brazilian wins on average 2.5 per game – good enough for top 10 in Serie A. His average number of clearances is very high, too, putting him top 3 in the competition.

But defensive work is only half the battle. Liverpool need defenders who are good on the ball.

And when it comes to passing, Bremer has potential. He averages around 55 passes per game, which is far fewer than Liverpool defenders.

Fabinho, the only defender to have played a similar number of games, averages 77, for instance. Fabinho passes at a better rate, too, completing 92 per cent.

Bremer, in contrast, completes 86 per cent. But despite far fewer passes, he averages a created chance every other game. That 0.5 per game rate is over twice as many as Fabinho’s 0.2.

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So the potential really is there. You can see how Liverpool could turn Bremer into a good possession option at the back, given he seems to create chances at a reasonable rate.

All in all, Bremer is likely a cheaper option than some bigger names. But at the same time, he’s a real prospect who ticks a lot of great boxes.

Whether Liverpool go for him or not, we think he’s exactly the kind of player Liverpool should look for.

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