'At the same level': Journalist believes Liverpool have Dayot Upamecano alternative
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'Same level': Journalist feels Liverpool have Dayot Upamecano alternative

Liverpool may have the ideal Dayot Upamecano alternative. The Reds reportedly lose out to Bayern Munich for the Frenchman.

Liverpool will need a Dayot Upamecano alternative, it seems. The Guardian had them down as potential suitors, as did Bild.

Instead, the player will join Bayern Munich this summer.

And that’s a real shame. We had Upamecano down as the best-value defender available at a time when Liverpool want one.

The injury crisis this year has shone a light on their defensive options, after all. Not only are Liverpool light, but two of their three centre-backs are pushing 30.

They need someone new, if only to lighten the load. Upamecano – a young defender with plenty of elite experience – fit the bill wonderfully. And he was relatively cheap.

The BBC had his release clause at £38m. That’s a bargain for what you’re getting. Well, what Bayern are getting.

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Liverpool must look elsewhere but it appears there is a remarkably ideal alternative available.

Guido Schafer, a journalist covering RB Leipzig, believe Ibrahima Konate is available and ‘at the same level’ as Upamecano. The two are teammates, of course, while Konate is a year younger.

Not only that, but he has a release clause, too.

“I think the release clause is €40m,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “It is a really good price for the player – he is only 21 years old and he is as good as Dayot Upamecano when he is fit.

“They are absolutely at the same level.”

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Liverpool’s big decision this summer is how highly they value a new centre-back. Do they want a big signing to compete for places? Or do they simply want a fourth option in case of an injury crisis?

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Because if it’s the latter, they won’t spend over £30m. It’s just not worth it. It makes far more sense to pick up a cheaper, more experienced defender who’s ready to sit on the bench a lot.

Konate isn’t that player. He’s a long-term investment for your first-team – an investment that take money and playing time.

But if Liverpool do want that, Konate feels like a wonderful option.

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