Liverpool may want David Alaba as their Gini Wijnaldum replacement. That’s the suggestion from certain reports.
David Alaba to replace Gini Wijnaldum? It’s a strange suggestion but it would explain Liverpool’s interest.
That’s always been our problem with reports that the Reds wanted Alaba. Where would they play him?
It doesn’t make sense to pay huge wages for a left-back, given Andy Robertson is one of the very best. We can’t imagine Liverpool would want Alaba purely as a centre-back, either.
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He plays on the same side as Virgil van Dijk, after all.
But what if he’s their choice in midfield? Suddenly, it makes a lot of sense.
Wijnaldum looks likely to leave this year. His contract is up in June and he can leave for free. If he were staying, he’d surely have agreed a new deal by now.
Replacing Wijnaldum is very tough, though. He’s a world-class, high-energy midfielder who can do just about everything.
Importantly, his ability to cover the roaming Robertson is vital for Liverpool. Wijnaldum will consistently drift over to that flank, protecting the left as the Scot pushes on.
Well, if Liverpool were to pick a replacement, Alaba might be as perfect as it gets. He’s a natural left-sided player, after all. Having him and Robertson rotate on the flank sounds like a dream.
The Telegraph’s Matt Law recently told the ‘London is Blue’ podcast that Alaba wanted to move somewhere he could play in midfield.
“I’m told by a very good source that he wants to go to a club who will offer him opportunities in defensive midfield,” said Law.
Well now it all makes sense to us. This idea – that of an Alaba / Robertson double-act – has us excited.
If Liverpool can pull that off, we say go for it. Money well spent.