Liverpool have been linked with a move for Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer in recent weeks, as they perhaps look to find a solution to their current defensive injury crisis, and based on his performance at the weekend, the Brazilian would be an excellent addition to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The German manager has lost key first-team centre-backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long-term injuries this season, whilst Joel Matip continues to struggle for a consistent run of games without suffering injury setbacks.
Despite this, Klopp suggested recently that it was unlikely that Liverpool would make any signings during the January transfer window but following another impressive display from Bremer, the Merseyside club should definitely reconsider.
As per SofaScore, the 23-year-old picked up a solid 8.1 statistical rating rating for his performance against AC Milan on Saturday, the joint-second highest rating of any player on the pitch, despite La Granata suffering a 2-0 defeat.
It was an impressive defensive display from the Brazilian, as he made four clearances, three tackles and one interception during his time on the pitch.
Impressively, he would also win 4/6 of his ground duels and 6/7 of his aerial duels in the match, suggesting he was able to dominate the Milan attackers with his tackling and strength in the air.
He would also enjoy 78 touches of the ball and completed 55/63 of his passes, emphasising that he is an adept passer of the ball, which means, if he carried that form over to England, that he would fit in well with Liverpool’s style of play.
This was far from a one-off great performance from Bremer however, as he has averaged a solid 6.77 rating for his performances in the Serie A so far this season, averaging 2.1 interceptions and 4.5 clearances per game in the Italian top-flight.
For context, last season Van Dijk averaged 1.1 interceptions and 4.3 clearances per game for the Reds as they won the Premier League. Whilst it would be a stretch to say he’s anywhere near the level of Van Dijk at this time, the stats show that Bremer could potentially produce similar match day contributions to the Dutchman and that he could be a solid defensive addition to the Reds’ squad, especially as they never replaced Dejan Lovren when he was sold in the summer,
Therefore, if Liverpool do feel the need to bring in a centre-back during the winter transfer window to ease their woes, then sporting director Michael Edwards must consider bringing the £5.4 million-rated Bremer to Anfield, as he looks to have all the attributes needed to be a success in the Premier League.
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