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Reported £35m clause is another example of Liverpool's need to sacrifice

David Carmo’s reported £35m clause is yet another bad omen for Liverpool. The Reds must make some sort of sacrifice this season.

Would you pay £35m for David Carmo? Let’s lay out exactly what you’d get for that money.

Carmo is just 21, so plenty of room to develop there. He’s also 6ft5 and fairly mobile – that’s a lot to work with.

The player plays in Liga NOS, too, which is a high enough level to feel confident about his abilities.

But then come the questions. For one, Carmo hasn’t got quite a full season of first-team football under his belt. He’s not experienced at the absolute highest level to make up for it, either, and the 21-year-old doesn’t exactly dominate Liga NOS.

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Record says that £35m is Carmo’s release clause at SC Braga. And for a player with great potential, you can imagine they’ll want all of it in any sale.

This, then is an example of Liverpool’s difficult January.

Sacrifice

Now, we can’t find any strong links that Liverpool want Carmo. There’s this from the Daily Mail but it feels like more of a suggestion or possibility rather than a claim of interest.

Rather, the point here is the market. It’s a very awkward one for Liverpool to buy in.

We talked yesterday about that difficulty. Liverpool want a defender who can come in and perform now to cover an injury crisis.

But they will also want a long-term investment out of it and a reasonable price.

We used Milan Skriniar as the example there. CalcioMercato claims the Reds like him but Internazionale want over £45m.

That’s apparently too much for Liverpool, meaning they’ll have to sacrifice. Carmo backs that up.

Skriniar is a vastly more proven and experienced defender, after all. But in the price-range Liverpool want Skriniar for, they’re more likely to get Carmo.

So Liverpool either sacrifice more money to get a better player, or they sacrifice a sure-thing to gamble on a youngster.

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If we had to guess? They’ll sacrifice in an entirely different way by not signing anyone. They’ll sacrifice the chance to sign cover for the injury crisis as no one ticks all their boxes.

But that’s just a guess. Perhaps they’ll see enough value in a player like Carmo. Perhaps they’ll see it in a fee like Skriniar’s.

We’ll just have to wait and see.

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