Liverpool are reportedly taking an interest in Strasbourg centre-back Mohamed Simakan and the Frenchman could be an excellent long-term option in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
According to French journalist Julien Maynard, whilst AC Milan and RB Leipzig are both close to agreeing a fee with the Ligue 1 side for the 20-year-old defender, Liverpool are also keeping a close eye on his situation.
The former Marseille looks likely to depart Strasbourg this month and the Reds should act on their interest, as he could help ease Jurgen Klopp’s current defensive woes.
The only current natural centre-back options available to Klopp at Liverpool are youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams, both of whom made their Premier League debuts this season.
Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have left the German manager desperately short of experience at the back and he opted to play Jordan Henderson alongside Fabinho at centre-back in the Reds’ most recent Premier League fixture, which they ended up losing 1-0 to Southampton.
Signing Simakan would, therefore, ease those injury woes and considering he has made 38 appearances in Ligue 1 already in his career, he would add more experience than Phillips, who’s only other senior football has come with Bolton Wanderers and VFB Stuggart in the Bundesliga 2.
Whilst the 23-year-old has done well in his three Liverpool appearances so far this season, averaging a 7.19 rating, he is yet to be tested against a top-six side, and you worry that his lack of mobility could be exploited by better teams, as we saw in the games against Brighton and Newcastle that he is vulnerable to balls over the top.
Therefore, the Reds should consider a move for Simakan this month, as the 20-year-old would be an upgrade on Phillips and with reports suggesting that AC Milan have offered £13.5 million for his services, he could be a relatively cheap solution for Michael Edwards during the winter transfer window.
Recent reports have suggested that Klopp’s side have offered a contract to David Alaba in the hopes of signing him on a free transfer in the summer but he seems likely to join Real Madrid, and Simakan would demand significantly lower wages and is eight years younger than the Austrian, so he could be a much better long-term option than the Bayern Munich man.
Simakan’s performances with Strasbourg in the last two seasons have certainly suggested that he has the quality to play at a higher level, so it certainly seems like the Reds could end up regretting not making an approach for the six-foot-two 20-year-old this month if he ends up joining Milan or Leipzig and progressing even further.
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