Liverpool want to get a deal done for David Alaba, according to the Guardian. Here are three ways the Reds could use the Austrian.
We want to rule out the idea that Liverpool would complete a deal for David Alaba just so he can replace Andy Robertson at left-back. That would be insane.
Goal claim the Austrian would want £12m-a-year after tax. That just isn’t worth paying when you’ve got Robertson at left-back.
But what if they could play down that side together? Alaba could sit on the left side of a back three, alongside Robertson. It would create an incredibly dangerous flank – especially if they found a way to keep Sadio Mane as a winger.
Alaba has played frequently in a back three, of course. He could easily make it work.
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Alaba is not a traditional centre-half but he does know the position. He filled in there for much of last season as Bayern Munich dealt with injuries.
And boy, do we know that game.
Alaba brings defensive know-how but with versatility and a midfielder’s comfort on the ball. We’re not sure he’d work in Liverpool’s system against an elite opponents like Manchester City, though.
The Reds sit back in games like that and ask their defenders to play a more traditional style.
But for the majority of possession-heavy games in a season? Alaba would be a very good option.
Alaba has a history at left-back, in a back three and as a regular centre-half. But naturally, he’s a midfielder. Liverpool could use him there.
In fact, they’d partner him with an old teammate in Thiago. There’s cohesion there immediately.
But with Gini Wijnaldum potentially leaving, Alaba could immediately bring experience, energy and versatility into midfield. In some ways, he’d be an ideal replacement there.