The Reds have had their defence devastated by injuries this season. The boss has lost large chunks of his first team but the centre back role has been the hardest hit with the starting partnership out for the campaign. As a result the club have been rumoured to have interest in every centre back under the sun. This week saw a new name; who is Liverpool linked Merih Demiral? Here’s what you need to know.
Who is Merih Demiral?
22-years-old and Turkish, Merih Demiral stands at 6ft 3in tall.
The centre back currently plays for Juventus in Serie A and has 16 caps for the Turkish national side, his first senior international appearance coming in 2018.
Demiral joined Juve from Sassuolo in 2019, a few clubs after rising through the youth ranks at Fenerbahce.
Playing style and stats
This season has seen Demiral make five starts and two sub appearances for the Serie A champions.
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He has also appeared twice from the off in the Champions League and once from the bench.
WhoScored notes him for his passing prowess and aerial ability.
He is known for playing short passess and clearing the ball long and his concentration is cited as a weakness.
Liverpool linked with Demiral
There are a number of sides reported to be interested in the defender.
Liverpool have been linked with Merih Demiral by Fanatik in Turkey.
Spurs and Leicester City have also been credited with interest.
The outlet believes that the young defender would cost around £45m.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing Demiral doesn’t make much sense.
At £45m there are much better options out there for the Reds.
We would be looking for someone with more first team experience at a top club in a top league, at the minute the Turkey international is a bit part player at Juve.
Furthermore his tendency to play it short and his lack of concentration would be a concern given the club’s proclivity for our centre backs to play raking long passes forward.