Liverpool have been linked with dozens of defends in recent weeks and months. It is no wonder why; Jürgen Klopp has lost everyone of his centre backs to injury this term. We’re currently lining up with a string of hodge podge partnerships at the back. RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has hinted that reported Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano will be sold.
Centre back crisis
Liverpool fans will be wondering how we got to where we are.
The Reds started the season with just three centre backs in the first team and whilst the move was viewed as a risk, we thought the worst case scenario would be Virgil van Dijk alongside Fabinho.
Things went south in October when Virgil van Dijk ruptured his ACL in the Merseyside Derby.
Shortly after Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in England training.
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Since then we’ve also seen Joel Matip sidelined, leaving Jürgen Klopp with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson at the back.
Liverpool target Dayot Upamecano could leave
The Reds have been begged to sign a centre back in the January window.
It looks unlikely that the club will buy in the winter window but the summer seems inevitable.
According to many Liverpool will target Dayot Upamecano in the next transfer window.
RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has hinted that the defender will be sold in the near future, telling BILD:
“We have a very broad squad in terms of quality. So we will give up high performers again if it makes financial sense and we can absorb it in a sporting way.
“When I think of Werner, Cunha, Keïta or Demme, we have already redeemed a lot and still developed further in terms of sport. Overall we have invested a lot in our team, no question about it.
“But look: the current squad had a market value of less than 250 million when each player debuted. And if we now take the current market value, we are around 550 million.
“This plus of over 300 million has to be taken into account when talking about investments. We create value with our way.”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool signing Dayot Upamecano is the ideal solution to this scenario.
The Reds need a defender desperately and we can’t afford to not buy in the next window.
The Frenchman is one of the most exciting young defenders in the world, to buy him now could secure our back line for the next decade.
The fact that Mintzlaff has said top performers can be sold is encouraging to say the least.