Merih Demiral could be a great long-term partner for Joe Gomez. Liverpool want the Turkish defender, according to reports.
This comes from Fanatik. They claim Liverpool are one of several clubs looking at Demiral. Juventus will let him leave this month, too – but only for £45m.
Now, whether you think that’s worth it or not is up for debate. But one thing is certainly true – Demiral is a talented defender with great potential.
And if Liverpool make their move, it is surely with a Demiral & Gomez partnership in mind.
The biggest selling point on Demiral is that he’s still only 22 but experienced in several countries. He’s proven in a top five league, too, with over a year in Serie A.
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Demiral did lose last season to an ACL injury, however. There are doubts here but as a long-term investment, it’s tempting.
Especially for Liverpool, who have a natural long-term partner, too.
Gomez is 23, meaning him and Demiral could potentially form a partnership for a very long time. And that’s exactly what Liverpool will want.
Virgil van Dijk is pushing 30 and coming back from a serious knee injury. The Reds must think about a post-Van Dijk team, especially when Matip, at a similar age, has injury issues, too.
Bringing in a player like Demiral now makes some sense, then. There’s no pressure to be the no.1 star at the back, and he’d have a few years to settle.
You can gradually build a partnership with Gomez in that time and, hopefully, lead into a seamless transition to a new first-choice pairing.
On the face of it, Demiral and Gomez compliment each other, too. The former is an aggressive, physically dominant defender. He wants to meet forwards at the ball and take action.
Gomez, though, is more Van Dijk-esque in wanting to use pace to sweep up behind and cover pressing teammates.
That seems like a nice fit, then.
We don’t expect Liverpool to make a £45m move anytime soon. But if they were to do so, this is exactly the kind of long-term planning they need.
Whether it fixes the injury crisis this season is another matter. Long-term, though? We like it.