Liverpool are keeping tabs on Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa, according to reports. The 23-year-old is on the verge of a call-up to the England national team.
This comes from The Athletic. They say Liverpool have been monitoring the centre-back, who is contracted at Villa Park until 2023.
The London-born defender has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League this season, clocking up 20 appearances at the heart of the Villa defence alongside Tyrone Mings.
Together, Dean Smith’s defensive pair have registered nine clean sheets this term, including impressive victories against Arsenal (twice), Leicester, Wolves and Southampton.
Konsa made the switch to Villa from Brentford in 2019, following former Bees boss Smith to the Midlands, as a result of the club’s return to the English top-flight.
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And according to The Athletic, Villa are determined to pen Konsa down to a new-and-improved deal, as a result of growing interest from Premier League rivals.
Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur, too, are also said to be interested in signing Konsa as Gareth Southgate considers calling him up for England duty.
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Much of Liverpool’s reported interest in Konsa could hinge on a number of internal developments at Anfield in the coming months.
For one, the impact Ozan Kabak is able to have from now until the end of the season could dictate whether or not Liverpool choose to explore the option of another centre-back this summer.
The seven-time Turkey international is just 20-years-old, after all, and was singed with a loan-to-buy option that can be struck at the end of the season.
Also, it’s worth mentioning that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez won’t be out forever, though, it’s unlikely Liverpool could sign a defender a level above both Premier League-winning centre-backs, anyway.
With that said, a long-term investment in the defensive department, then, could be in the interest of the club this summer.
Whether that player could indeed be Konsa of Aston Villa, however, remains to be seen with so many games in the season still to play.
We’ll certainly be watching this ongoing saga with interest.