Liverpool need a centre back. Jurgen Klopp knows it. The players know it. The supporters know it. With less than a week of the transfer window to go, the Reds are no closer to finding a solution. Former Klopp favourite Neven Subotic has just become available.
The English champions have been decimated by injuries this season, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Diogo Jota all currently serving long-term setbacks.
So, in the absence of Klopp’s first-choice centre-back pairing, do Liverpool have a viable and sustainable solution?
Well not exactly.
Liverpool have been forced to heavily rely on midfielders and in-experienced academy stars to compensate for their defensive shortages.
The Athletic reported that Liverpool did ask about signing former Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos before he agreed to join Olympiacos.
Does this mean Liverpool are completely out of options? Again, not entirely given the fact another former Klopp favourite is now available to sign.
Subotic to Liverpool?
Subotic, 32, was recently released by Turkish side Denizlispor, having managed just five appearances since his arrival at the club last summer.
Indeed, his dismissal was a result of lingering injuries woes, but his sudden availability could work in Liverpool’s favour.
After all, Subotic starred under the Liverpool boss at both Mainz and Borussia Dortmund after Klopp brought him to the Bundesliga back in 2008.
Given the fact Subotic is already accustomed to Klopp’s style of play and is actively searching for his next club, his arrival at Liverpool could be within the best interests of both parties.
Liverpool cannot rely on the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to bail them out of trouble for the remainder of the season. The last five league match have proved as such.
So, a short-term arrival could be exactly what Liverpool need, especially in the absence of funds required to sign a genuinely elite game-changer.
He doesn’t need to be a world beater, either. Getting someone close to the level of Van Dijk is next to impossible, after all. He just needs to be better than what Liverpool currently have and accustomed to the manager’s tactical demands.
It would be hard to find a better ready-made quick-fix than Subotic, then.