Liverpool are reportedly considering a move for Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi this month as they look to ease their defensive issues, but he’s not the man Jurgen Klopp needs.
According to The Athletic, the German defender is one of three centre-backs the Reds could consider before the transfer window shuts next Monday, while Sunday World report that insiders haven’t ruled out making a move for him before the deadline.
Arsenal are keen to offload the experienced centre-back, as he is out of contract in the summer, so wouldn’t demand a high fee.
To put it simply, no.
Mustafi hasn’t made a single start in the Premier League this season and has just three substitute appearances to his name, which is even more remarkable when you consider how much the Gunners were struggling earlier in the season.
His five appearances in the Europa League this season resulted in just two clean sheets, with goals conceded against the likes of Dundalk, Molde and Rapid Wien in that time.
Despite being just 28-years-old, it is clear that Mustafi is surplus to requirements in this Arsenal side at the moment, and considering he hasn’t started a game since late December, he would presumably need time to build his match fitness should he arrive at Anfield. That is exactly what Klopp doesn’t need.
Mustafi has also spent time on the sidelines this season with a hamstring injury and has endured a number of problems in previous seasons, so signing another injury-prone centre-back is not the solution for Klopp.
Martin Keown highlighted Mustafi’s error-proneness last year, saying:
“We talked about Mustafi before the game, I sense there’s a fear in this player, and you can smell it.
“You’ve got to put everything out of your mind, I sympathise with Luiz. Mustafi’s an accident waiting to happen.”
Whilst Liverpool are desperate for a centre-back, Mustafi is not the answer, and Klopp would be better served selecting the reliable Jordan Henderson at the back for the rest of the season, than signing the former Valencia man.