Following Joe Gomez’s injury in England training on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp is now desperately short of defensive options in his squad, so signing Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba should be a necessity in the January transfer window.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Austrian international recently, although it was suggested that they may have to wait until his contract expires at the end of the season in order to sign him.
Whilst it might make financial sense to wait until then, to try and sign him as a free agent, Klopp currently has just Joel Matip available as an experienced centre-back in his side, so they urgently need to add reinforcements or they risk throwing away their chances of retaining the Premier League trophy.
Alaba would be a superb addition to the Reds’ squad and even when the likes of Gomez and Virgil van Dijk return from injury, his versatility means that he could continue to feature in the first-team, potentially as a left-back or central-midfielder, as he has played in both of those positions regularly in his career thus far.
Whilst the 28-year-old is currently valued at £58.5 million by Transfermarkt, you would imagine that if Liverpool were to come in with a suitable offer in January, the Bundesliga giants would be tempted to sell, rather than potentially losing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge certainly seems to rate the Austrian, as he was quoted saying:
“He has everything a world-class player needs: great talent, passion, the ambition to get even better, and lots of experience, which is incredible for his age.” (per Manchester Evening News)
Therefore, it can certainly be argued that he would be an excellent addition to the Anfield outfit’s squad and he can perhaps go some way towards filling the huge void left following the injury to Van Dijk.
As a left-footed centre-back, the Austrian could also add a bit of balance to Liverpool’s back-line, and could also fill in for Andy Robertson if the Scottish international gets injured, so we feel that this transfer would make a lot of sense for the Reds in their current predicament and that Michael Edwards should do everything he can to try and sign the Bayern Munich man in the upcoming transfer window.