Klopp Eyeing a Summer Defensive Reinforcement Amid Transfer Buzz
In light of the ongoing transfer buzz, Liverpool’s chief tactician, Jurgen Klopp, is reportedly keen on reinforcing his defensive line-up. Credible links hint at an interest in an England international, adding a fresh dynamic to the Anfield transfer landscape.
Liverpool’s Defensive Transfer Wishlist: A Mixed Bag
Recently, Liverpool’s radar has been bustling with potential centre-backs, featuring prominent names such as Sporting’s Goncalo Inacio, on-loan Levi Colwill from Brighton, Benfica’s Antonio Silva, along with Josko Gvardiol and Jarrad Branthwaite.
Klopp’s intentions to fortify his defence were affirmed during his pre-Aston Villa press briefing. Paul Joyce, the seasoned journalist from The Times who posed the question, subsequently confirmed the manager’s interest in bolstering the defence.
Klopp’s Transfer Strategy: Beyond Midfield
However, Klopp’s transfer aspirations extend beyond the backline. His agenda also includes midfield augmentations, specifically Alexis Mac Allister and Mason Mount. Concurrently, rumour mills suggest Liverpool’s interest in Crystal Palace’s central defender and England international, Marc Guehi.
Guehi, 22, a former Chelsea prodigy, has flourished impressively with the London side since his arrival two years ago. His performance even secured him a berth in Gareth Southgate’s English squad last year, although a World Cup appearance eluded him. His £50 million market value has grabbed the attention of not just Liverpool, but also Arsenal, Tottenham, and Man United.
Guehi: A Potential Answer to Liverpool’s Defensive Woes
Guehi’s impressive tally of 36 Premier League games this season markedly contrasts with Liverpool’s injury-blighted Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate. Hence, Guehi’s addition could serve as a strategic move, especially if Matip departs Anfield this summer.
Addressing the speculation on a potential defender transfer, Klopp said, “We look in all departments — apart from goalkeeper, in the moment.” He further assured that Liverpool’s current form will not influence his summer decisions, adding, “If there is a good one out there, I would not deny it… we have to, and we do, look in all areas of the pitch. Definitely.”
Liverpool’s Summer Transfer Plans: Early Birds
Klopp is reportedly eager to conclude signings well ahead of pre-season. Recent reports from Argentina suggesting a successful move for Mac Allister seem to validate this.
Furthermore, it’s understood that Klopp’s summer wishlist includes Premier League-proven talents, positioning Guehi perfectly. Given his age, he could even emerge as Virgil van Dijk’s potential successor.
Despite the speculated financial constraints due to midfield acquisitions, the reported £60 million for Mac Allister, plus £50 million for Mount, and potential outgoing sales suggest there’s ample budget for a defensive signing.
The departure of Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Naby Keita, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has freed up almost £500,000 per week in wages, further boosting Liverpool’s potential for new signings this summer. The exciting summer transfer window could hence witness several fresh faces at Anfield.