Liverpool should sign Gleison Bremer if they have the chance. Reports claim he’s one of three possible signings.
The Athletic picks out three targets Liverpool could move for this month. Gleison Bremer feels like the clear choice, however.
Shkodran Mustafi, Issa Diop or Gleison Bremer? For us, the choice is clear – Liverpool should move for Bremer.
We’ve discussed this link before, where we said Liverpool had the right idea in targeting Bremer. He’s a player that makes a lot of sense.
We have real doubts over both Diop and Mustafi, after all. Neither are playing regular football this season, which draws up two questions.
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Firstly, are they good enough? Diop can’t get a game for West Ham United, while Mustafi is right down the pecking order at Arsenal. Neither are clubs Liverpool would usually pick the scraps from.
Secondly, will either have the match-fitness to influence the second-half of the season? If the answer could be ‘no’, then signing them makes no sense at all.
Now, desperate times call for desperate measures. If Liverpool have little other choice, then they might as well take a risk on either. Whoever makes the most financial sense, really.
But if Bremer is a true alternative option, he’s the one to go for.
Bremer is the only one of the trio to play consistent football this season, which helps. He’s a Torino regular, meaning he’s getting those minutes in a top European league.
He performs well, too. Comparing him to Fabinho statistically shows how he could fit.
Bremer doesn’t tackle as much as Fabinho – but very few do. The latter manages 2.1 per game, which is very high by centre-back standards.
Bremer, in contrast, manages 1.2. He does see that rate skyrocket against top teams, though.
Bremer has played four of Serie A’s top five this season and managed two against Atalanta and Roma, three against AC Milan and four against Inter.
But it’s in interceptions where he really shines – a key trait for Liverpool, given their high line and need to defend counter-attacks all game.
While Fabinho manages 1.5 per Premier League game, Bremer completes 2.1. He’s consistent, too, with only four games where he didn’t register one.
Impressively, he had a stretch of nine games where he registered at least two, totalling 28 in that run.
Players also rarely dribble past Bremer. Fabinho suffers that 0.8 times per game, Bremer 0.4 – twice as rare.
So there is a lot of promise here. Again, Bremer is only 23 and already has a very solid base to work with. Liverpool could surely kick him on a level or two, given their recent success with development.
If the Athletic are accurate and these are the three players Liverpool want, Bremer is the clear choice to us.