We’ve seen several transfer links between Liverpool and young defenders recently. That should come as a worry to several current players.
There’s six. We’re sure you can find more but we’re stopping now as it’s getting out of hand.
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So what do these links tell us? They tell us that it’s incredibly easy to link Liverpool with defenders at the moment.
That might simply be because the injury crisis makes it simple to do so. But there very well may be something in it. Liverpool could certainly do with more options at the back.
And all of these links have something in common – they’re to centre-halves under 23. The transfer links suggest that Liverpool are looking for a long-term option.
If that truly is the case, then three players, in particular, should be a little worried.
Sepp van den Berg
We discussed this one in more detail here. In short, Van den Berg’s age puts him right up against even the youngest potential targets.
And if Liverpool do sign someone in his age bracket, you can almost guarantee the Dutchman is on the backfoot. He just won’t have the recent first-team experience to compete.
Talk of a loan deal is good. The pressure would firmly be on him, however. Van den Berg would have to perform out of skin if Liverpool do sign a 20-year-old defender.
The current Red would have less financial investment behind him and that’s a tough position to fight from.
Matip can’t stay fit and that’s becoming a real problem. Right now, with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk out long-term, it’s awful.
The Cameroonian should be stepping up as the no.1 defender but instead, he struggles for back-to-back games.
Matip started this season as 3rd choice. Any new signing would push him to 4th, though – it just doesn’t make sense to have him high up the pecking order.
This season, unfortunately, is showing that.
Williams is in a much better position than Van den Berg but it’s still similar. If Liverpool sign a 20-year-old defender, it could end his Anfield career.
Now, that career looked difficult before this season. Injuries thrust Williams into the forefront, however, and no matter what happens, his reputation skyrocketed this season.
But a new signing would effectively be a direct replacement for what Williams is now. If Liverpool do sign someone, he’ll struggle for games even in an injury crisis.