Bayern Munich have reportedly alerted Benjamin Pavard that he’ll be a second-choice defender next season, with the Frenchman linked with a move to Liverpool.

According to Kicker, Pavard will drop down to the bench as part of Thomas Tuchel’s defensive overhaul of Bayern, with Kim Min-jae and Matthijs de Ligt expected to be the starting centre-back partnership at the club next season.

Whilst Pavard can play at right-back and is usually used in this role, there is an expectation that Bayer will look to evolve past the France international, especially with the defender wanted by Liverpool.

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Pavard is one of a handful of players Bayern are open to selling this summer, with the versatile superstar valued at €35m (£30m), a fee that could be appealing to the likes of Liverpool.

With the former VfB Stuttgart star now set to be benched for the start of the season, there’s a good chance that Liverpool could now make a swoop for Pavard if the finances of such a transfer make sense.

Indeed, Liverpool are still in the market for a versatile defender this summer, and given Pavard’s quality, the Bundesliga titan could be an excellent signing for the Reds.

Liverpool should test the waters with Pavard

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Liverpool have been linked with Pavard for most of the summer, and a deal could now be in the making with Bayern making a rather definitive decision on the defender’s playing time next season.

Of course, there’s every chance that the centre-back can return to Tuchel’s starting XI should an injury occur. But with Pavard’s long-term future at Bayern on the ropes, a move to Liverpool could make a lot of sense.

With money there to be spent, Liverpool risk nothing making a move for Pavard in the coming weeks, with the defender the perfect competition for Trent Alexander-Arnold as well as centre-back cover for the new season.

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