Liverpool look to have been handed a huge blow as Pini Zahavi, the agent of reported transfer target David Alaba, has named the four clubs he is keen for the 28-year-old to join this summer, and that list does not include Liverpool.
However, it was revealed earlier this week by Zahavi that the versatile defender, who is valued at £58.5 million, is eyeing a move to either Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG or Chelsea in the summer, which undoubtedly comes as a blow for Jurgen Klopp.
Alaba has been superb for Bayern Munich since switching to centre-back under Hans-Dieter Flick, with his performances in the Bundesliga last season earning him a very solid 6.99 rating, as he helped the German giants win the Bundesliga and the Champions League.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Europe’s elite are targeting the 28-year-old ahead of next season, and he could have been a superb addition to Klopp’s squad, when you consider the injury problems that they have faced this season.
Alaba’s versatility means that he could easily fill in at centre-back alongside the likes of Virgil van Dijk or Joe Gomez, and he is left-footed, which is something the Reds don’t currently have in a central-defender, so he could’ve added a bit more balance to the back four.
He can also play as a left-back and could have been the man to fill in for Andrew Robertson if he was ever injured or rested.
The Austrian also plays in central midfield for his country, so could’ve easily filled in there if required by Klopp.
Pep Guardiola was full of praise for Alaba when he was in charge of Bayern Munich, saying:
“He’s an unbelievable talent. He can play anywhere. He’s quick, is good in the build-up and is always 100 per cent focused. Without doubt, he can be one of the best centre-backs in the world. He’s a huge gift for Bayern.”
Therefore, it is definitely fair to suggest that Liverpool look to have been handed a huge blow by not being included on Zahavi’s list of where Alaba is likely to head this summer, as he is undoubtedly a top player who would prosper in Klopp’s squad.