For Liverpool, central defence has undoubtedly proven to be the biggest headache of the 2020/21 campaign.
The English champions begun the season with three experienced senior options. Klopp is now down to the bare bones with just Joel Matip his only available senior cover at the heart of the defence.
The gargantuan loss of both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez has forced Klopp to sacrifice Fabinho in his natural role to cover as a make-shift defender.
And as a result, Liverpool’s shortcomings at the back have prompted the need to invest in sufficient defensive reinforcements in the transfer market.
According to The Times, Klopp does have plans to address his centre-back problems in the summer, after all. Who he looks to sign, however, still remains to be seen.
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Making a case for Fofana
One player who we think could be a perfect defensive candidate is none other than Wesley Fofana.
Indeed, the prospect of Leicester City and Brendan Rodgers selling their prized summer purchase are slim. However, as proved following the £80 million sale of Harry Maguire, every club has their price.
With that said, why shouldn’t Liverpool consider a move for Fofana? They are the English champions, after all. They have a right to attempt to sign whoever they please given their current status in European football.
Also, in respect to Leicester, the club are renowned for selling their most valuable assets in recent years, too. The sales of Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, Riyad Mahrez and Maguire prove as such.
So, it would seem Liverpool landing Fofana is far from impossible, then. The 6ft 3in defender would certainly be a welcomed signing for Liverpool supporters, too.
For one, at just 20-years-old, Fofana is already regarded as one of the highest-rated defenders in the Premier League. He could very-well be at the top for the next 10 to 15 years, too.
Given his impact already this season, it’s scary to think of the level Fofana could reach in just a few years time. He is already the third highest performing defender in the league this season, after all, as per WhoScored.
Having signed from St Etienne in a deal worth up to £36.5 million [Guardian], Fofana already looks like one of the signings of the summer.
The French-born defender has been one of Rodgers’ outstanding players this season. Since his October acquisition, Fofana has clocked up 14 Premier League appearences.
His sustained brilliance and defensive qualities have had a direct affect in Leicester currently sitting atop the league summit following their 2-0 victory against Chelsea last night.
Unsurprisingly, Fofana was integral to the Foxes registering their seventh league clean sheet of the season.
In total, he made a stunning return of two tackles, two interceptions and seven clearances. Alongside the equally impressive Jonny Evans, Leicester have a defensive base that looks intent on challenging for the title.
As a result, it is only natural that Liverpool would want to associate themselves with the best. The Reds will one day require a long-term replacement for Virgil van Dijk, too.
Considering Fofana is nine years younger than the Dutchman, it would be an ideal succession plan once Van Dijk calls it a day on his Anfield tenure.
Indeed, signing Fofana would undoubtedly take a gargantuan asking-price, especially when you consider the player’s age and experience. However, Liverpool have proven when the need and availability add up, the club aren’t afraid to spend big.
The successful acquisitions of Van Dijk and Alisson Becker prove as such.
With that said, this piece isn’t a direct link to say the Reds will be after Fofana at all in the future. Moreover, the purpose was to state that a team of Liverpool’s quality should be after the best.
Off the evidence of the 2020/21 campaign, Liverpool could do no better than the outstanding Leicester City defender currently top of the Premier League.