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Report: Liverpool set to battle Manchester United for David Carmo

Liverpool have begun the New Year as they started the previous one; top of the Premier League. The Reds have been plagued by injuries but are still the team to beat in England. Many believe the club would benefit from reinforcements in the January transfer window. According to reports, Liverpool have watched Braga defender David Carmo.

Defensive cover

The club’s defensive situation has become a hot topic for debate this season.

Liverpool began the season with just three senior figures at centre-back.

We’ll likely see quite a few reports like this over the next month, then. Liverpool’s injury situation adds fuel to the fire for rumours and creative writing.

But many of those rumours may still have some validity. Liverpool do have a lack of options at the back, after all, with Van Dijk, Matip and Joe Gomez all out.

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With that said, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have both performed admirably when called upon by Jurgen Klopp.

The boss seems intent on conjuring up internal solutions to Liverpool’s defensive crisis, then.

Nevertheless, there is a chance Liverpool’s summer transfer plans could be brought forward if the need and availability match-up.

Liverpool linked with David Carmo

Liverpool’s current defensive situation is the perfect cause for the media to persistently link the club with an array of talented players currently on the market, it would seem.

The latest rumour has Liverpool targeting Braga defender David Carmo this month.

Carmo, 21, has made a big impression in Portugal this season. And, as detailed by a report from 90Min, the towering defender has the physical presence to become a top central defender, coming in at a whopping 6ft 5in.

Manchester United are also interested in signing the seven-time Portugal under-21’s international, as per reports.

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What RTK has to say

Again, Liverpool signing Carmo makes a lot of sense on paper, however, it is unlikely the Reds will swoop in the coming weeks.

The natural response to all of that is looking into the market and seeing what you can find. Even if the Liverpool Echo claims the Reds won’t go that way.

His stature makes him an attractive prospect to Klopp. But is he good enough to warrant a cause for Liverpool to deviate from their self sustaining transfer model? We’re just not convinced, as of yet.

Not to mention his best position is on the left side of central defence, which is where Virgil van Dijk plays. The Dutchman will return eventually, after all.

So all in all, this is a signing we don’t predict to pick up speed anytime soon. There are simply too many variables that don’t add up for Liverpool.

We’ll keep a close eye on this one, regardless.

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