Liverpool will not be signing David Alaba, according to reports. Anfield officials have contacted the player’s agent, but it appears a move for the 28-year-old is no longer viable.
These claims come from The ECHO. As a result, it seems to be a case of the right player, the wrong time from where Liverpool are concerned.
Alaba is one of the biggest names currently on the market. More importantly, he is arguably the best defensive option seeking a new challenge.
Having clocked up 405 appearences for Bayern Munich during an illustrious 12-year period with the club, Alaba has won everything there is to win in club football. He is a serial winner which makes him perfect for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.
The main issue, however, is timing. Alaba’s current contract in Bavaria is due to expire at the end of the season, after all. However, this doesn’t help Liverpool’s immediate interests.
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Klopp and the Reds require a ready-made option ready to come in now. Not in June. With that said, it is likely Liverpool with have to explore other options to fill their existing defensive void.
Right player, wrong time for Liverpool and Alaba
Alaba is relatively the same age as both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, too.
For that reason, it wouldn’t make sense for Liverpool to significantly invest in a player approaching 30, especially given Van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be back from injury before the end of the season.
Also, Alaba’s current standing at Bayern suggests the player wouldn’t be willing to act as a rotational option to Klopp and Liverpool.
Under Hansi Flick this season, the Austria international remains an integral player. He has started every Bundesliga and Champions League match in 2020/21 all bar three.
Therefore, given his position at Bayern, it seems unlikely he would look to join the Reds unless he was given reassurance that he would be a guaranteed starter. Liverpool cannot offer this, especially upon both Van Dijk and Gomez’s inevitable return.
The club pride themselves on sticking to a clear strategy and long-term planning, after all. Liverpool aren’t ones for quick fixes and avoid knee-jerk reactions in the transfer market.
Indeed, circumstances would be different if Liverpool were weighing up a move now. Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip are currently injured, after all.
His versatility and durability alone, then, would make him a priceless asset to have during a period where Jurgen Klopp’s defensive unit has been decimated to its core.
Alaba can play in multiple positions across the backline and is infrequently unavailable to his club side. As quick fixes go, he would be the perfect solution.
However, the reality is that Alaba will not be leaving Bavaria in January. As a result, Liverpool cannot justify taking their interest in the player any further.