Liverpool appear to finally be making a breakthrough in the transfer window with talks ongoing for the signing of Thiago but they are still yet to replace Dejan Loven in defence – might that change now?
According to the ever-reliable James Pearce at The Athletic, the Premier League’s defending champions hold interest in relegated Norwich City colossus Ben Godfrey.
He claims that the Canaries centre-back is a player that the club have watched closely, though he wouldn’t come cheap this summer. Sky Sports claim the Championship outfit would want £50m for his signature.
However, if Jurgen Klopp isn’t convinced that he ‘ticks all the boxes,’ then he’ll press ahead with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez.
This move would very much be shades of Gomez in the sense that the German would be dipping into the lower leagues for a young English talent who is still quite raw, but could thrive under the right guidance.
The 22-year-old played 30 times in the Premier League last term, averaging 4.9 clearances, 2.2 aerials won per game as well as managing a passing accuracy rate of nearly 90% from 55.3 passes each match, via WhoScored.
Many at Anfield may remember playing the Canaries on the opening day last season and Mo Salah devoured the young colossus with one goal, one assist, two dribbles and three key passes per SofaScore.
But he was paired alongside Grant Hanley rather than someone as good as Van Dijk, so don’t let that put you off his prospects whatsoever.
Godfrey has received plenty of praise in the past year for his performances too. His boss Daniel Farke claimed he was “playing without mistakes and that is outstanding” whilst Alex Neil believed “his competitive streak is really, really good, he is strong, aggressive and he can use the ball well so he has a lot to work with,” adding that “he has good scope to improve.”
The young England defender has even drawn comparisons to Rio Ferdinand due to his imposing physique and ball-playing abilities.
Whilst £50m is extortionate, the Reds shouldn’t look further than Godfrey to fill the void left behind by Lovren.
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