Journalist Ian Doyle says Liverpool were looking at signing Duje Caleta-Car on deadline day amid reports that the Marseille centre-back was ready to board a plan to secure a deadline-day move to Anfield.
This comes from RMC Sport. They say that Caleta-Car was at the local airport with his partner ready to fly to Manchester, then make his way to Liverpool by car to finalise a move.
Negotiations were reportedly in the advanced stages until Marseille pulled out at the last minute because they didn’t think they could find a replacement.
In the end, Liverpool turned to centre-back duo Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s defensive back-line that has suffered season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
Similarly to Sadio Mane, Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino, Caleta-Car is formerly of Red Bull Salzburg and is renowned for his quality on the ball.
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He is still relatively young for a centre-back, too, having only turned 24 back in September.
And according to journalist Ian Doyle, Caleta-Car was very-much of interest to Liverpool.
Doyle held a Q&A on Wednesday afternoon for the Liverpool ECHO. Naturally, fans had a number of transfer-related questions – including players the club looked at in the January window.
Doyle had an answer, too, claiming that the 10-time Croatia international was indeed on Liverpool’s radar last month.
“Liverpool were looking at Caleta-Car but haven’t expressed any interest in Sanches,” he wrote. “They do need a few younger players in the squad but that comes at a double premium – the cost is often high and there’s no guarantee it will work out, unlike signing someone more experienced, for example.
“Finding players just before their peak – like Salah, Mane, Robertson, Wijnaldum etc – will again be the aim.”
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Having missed out on the acquisition of Caleta-Car, Klopp brought in deadline-day duo Kabak and Davies.
Both players are still waiting to make their Liverpool debuts, having been overlooked for defeats against Brighton and Manchester City.
The Reds are scheduled to take on Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, and Doyle is confident could hand at least one of the aforementioned defenders will be handed their inaugural PL bout this weekend.
They have to play at some point and Saturday seems as good a time as any,” Doyle added.
“There is surely a temptation to put them both together but, if one plays, it’ll be Kabak alongside probably Fabinho.
“But if the new boys have been working together in training – why not both?”