Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano in the summer transfer window and based on his performance against Union Berlin earlier this week, he would be a superb addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The French defender has been a key player with Julian Nagelsmann’s side in recent seasons and helped them to the Champions League semi-finals last season.
Liverpool have struggled this season in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez and whilst a January move for Upamecano doesn’t look to be on the cards, he could prove to be a superb signing ahead of next season, if his latest performance is anything to go by.
As per SofaScore, the French international would earn a 7.9 match rating for his performance against Union Berlin, which was the highest of any player on the pitch.
The centre-back performed his defensive duties well, winning three tackles and making one interception during the 90 minutes. For comparison, Liverpool’s only currently fit centre-back Joel Matip, has averaged 1.3 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game in the Premier League, suggesting the Leipzig defender has the edge.
Upamecano would also impressively win all five of his ground duels during the game, which emphasises his excellent physicality, which could make him a good fit in the Premier League.
However, it was perhaps his passing that was the stand out attribute of an all-round superb display, as he would complete a remarkable 128/136 passes during his time on the pitch, resulting in a pass accuracy of 94%.
This is comfortably more than the 56.9 passes and 87.1% accuracy averaged by Matip, which again suggests that he would be an excellent fit at Liverpool.
Something the Reds have missed in recent weeks is Van Dijk’s long passing ability, and considering Upamecano would complete 11/12 long balls against Union Berlin, he could be a great partner, and perhaps replacement, for the Dutch international in the future.
Therefore, when considering that Upamecano’s latest performance suggests he would be a better fit than the injury-prone Matip at Liverpool, Michael Edwards should pay the Frenchman’s £40 million release clause in the summer in an attempt to bring him to Anfield.
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