Liverpool are going to have to sort the squad out in the summer. We’ve got a severe lack of depth to deal with and there’s potential for another centre back signing depending on whether or not the boss is happy with his current roster. If the Reds are looking for a centre back then Liverpool should cut out the middleman and pursue Kristoffer Ajer.
Centre back situation
The centre of the Liverpool defence has been in disarray this season.
In October we saw Virgil van Dijk ruled out for the season after a horror tackle from Jordan Pickford.
A few weeks later Joe Gomez was also ruled out until the next campaign when he picked up a knee problem in England training.
Joel Matip was in and out of the side for months before also being sidelined until 2021/22 in January.
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Although a couple of centre backs were brought in in the winter window there’s no telling whether or not the club will pursue other targets in the summer.
Liverpool should look at Kristoffer Ajer
If the Reds were to bring in a centre back over the summer we can assume they’d go for a younger defender.
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are likely to remain the first choice pair.
The club would likely want a backup who will get better over time and eventually succeed Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool should consider Kristoffer Ajer.
The 6ft 6in tall Celtic centre back is just 22-years-old and he has all the makings of a Liverpool defender.
He has immense composure on the ball and an impressive passing range.
Crucially he also has a wealth of first team experience despite his young age.
Jürgen Klopp will also be attracted by Ajer’s versatility. He’s able to play in the middle or at right back and he can also be deployed as a holding midfielder.
Cut out the middleman
Virgil van Dijk was a Celtic player back in the day.
He was also young and composed on the ball, though guilty of the occasional error.
Liverpool could’ve gone for Virgil van Dijk then but they let Southampton take him first and it cost us a tidy sum to take him from the Saints.
The Reds should cut out the middleman this time and potentially save a lot of money in the process, the kid’s got potential, let’s have him realise that potential at Anfield.