ESPN pundit Steve Nicol has said that Liverpool would be a potential destination for David Alaba were he to leave Bayern.
The Austria international has been linked with a move to Chelsea during this transfer window, and is said to be rated by the Bavarian giants at £60m.
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However, former Liverpool player Nicol believes a switch to Stamford Bridge would be a step down for the 27-year-old, and that Anfield would be a better place, amongst others, to play his football. He said: “For him to leave, I’d suggest he’s looking to leave to a team that’s supposedly a notch above Bayern.
“There are some teams out there, Liverpool, City, your Barcelona, your Real Madrid.”
The left-back is one of the most decorated players in football. He has won eight Bundesliga titles with Bayern, as well as five DFB Pokals and even the Champions League. Not only that, he has been crowned Austrian Footballer of the Year six times, and he was also recently ranked as the 80th best player of the past decade by GiveMeSport.
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However, there is absolutely no reason for the Reds to sign Alaba, and that is because they have arguably the best player in the world in that position right now in Andrew Robertson. Since joining in 2017, the Scotland international has made that spot in the back four his own, and in doing so he has helped change the full-back position. Himself and Trent Alexander-Arnold are arguably Jurgen Klopp’s most creative players – they had the most assists for the team last term, and they both in the top five so far this campaign as well despite being defenders.
At just 25 years of age, you could argue that the former Hull City man has yet to hit his prime years, which is a scary thought. With two Champions League finals under his belt, he has played and won at the highest level, and his experience has even been rewarded with the captain’s armband for his country. Should the Tartan Army qualify for the European Championships in the summer for the first time since 1996, his stock will only increase.
Alaba is a fantastic player, but it says more about Robertson that Liverpool should not even be looking at anyone else in his role. The supporters will be hoping they see their current number 26 bombing up and down the left for a good while longer.
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