Following the injury to Joe Gomez recently, Jurgen Klopp is now desperately short of centre-back options in his side and as a result, it seems extremely likely that they will be bringing in another defender in the January transfer window, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano seemingly top of their list.
It was reported by The Athletic that the French international is now the Reds’ main target ahead of the January window, with the likes of Ben White, Ozan Kabak and Gleison Bremer also on the shortlist.
The Merseyside club have also lost Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury, as well as makeshift centre-back Fabinho who picked up an injury last month, leaving just Joel Matip as a senior option in Klopp’s side.
The injury-prone nature of the Cameroonian also suggests that it would be extremely risky for Michael Edwards to not sanction a deal for a centre-half in the upcoming winter transfer window.
Therefore, Upamecano represents a very attractive proposition for Klopp, as the French international has plenty of experience in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League, despite being just 22-years-old.
However, the young defender will not come cheap, as he is currently valued at £54 million by Transfermarkt, and still has three years left on his contract.
He also earned the praise of Jermaine Jenas and Rio Ferdinand after keeping Diego Costa quiet in a game against Atletico Madrid last season, with Ferdinand saying:
‘Upamecano was the best player tonight, he was formidable on the pitch.” (per Daily Mail)
This is certainly high praise from a man who was certainly one of the best centre-backs of the Premier League era, so there seems no reason why the Leipzig man couldn’t be a success if he were to join Liverpool in January.
Although he won’t come cheap, Klopp will surely need to add a quality centre-back to his ranks as soon as possible if he wants his side to have the best chance of retaining the Premier League trophy this season.