Four Euro 2016 defenders for Klopp to consider at Liverpool this summer

It’s a summer of change at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp can finally start to assemble a squad of players that he can call his own. Now that he’s had virtually eight months to watch the deadwood, he will already know who will be leaving and who should be staying.

One area of concern will have been the defence and Klopp will be looking to reinforce that area over the next few weeks. With a huge shop window open at the moment in the form of the European Championships, Klopp and other managers will be running the rule over their own players plus any possible new recruits.

Nathaniel Clyne has played well for England when called upon and as the German boss appears to like full-backs being attack minded, his displays will have pleased him.

Whilst Klopp expects defenders to defend and that is primarily their job, he likes the pressing game as defenders morph into attackers.

That was the style at Dortmund and a new look Liverpool will certainly be an impressive outfit with the right personnel in place.

So who might Klopp have one eye on this summer? Here are four possibilities…

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

The Tottenham man has impressed during his time in France and now eyes will be upon him.

Although he was rested against Slovakia, he is surely in line to be named as one of England’s best players in this tournament.

His runs from full-back and crossing ability has been a revelation in a new style England.

The right-back looked liked being ousted from Spurs last year after Tottenham signed Burnley’s Kieran Trippier, but right now, the North London side will want to hang on to their star full-back – unless his head is turned by a bigger club…

Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland)

The Swiss international has shone at the Euro’s this summer despite Switzerland’s exit over the weekend.

The 23-year-old, like most players now, has a release clause and The Gunners will need to be quick if they want him, as other clubs have started to take note.

A reunion with teammate Granit Xhaka is possible, but Manchester United have long held an interest in Rodriguez and would be willing to meet the £19m required.

Stefan Lichtsteiner


Another Swiss defender whose style of play has attracted admirers.

The Swiss star, 32, has won 10 trophies, five Serie A titles, three Supercoppa Italiana and two Coppa Italia, since joining Juve from Lazio in 2011.

He may have age against him, but he has bags of experience and reads the game well.

Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini, Italy

He might be 31-years-old and a perennial first team star at Serie A side, Juventus, but he is world class and an old fashioned defender that gets the job done.

Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci form the best backline in world football and are brutal, yet effective.

Every team needs a Chiellini and Liverpool, if they could prize him away from Turin, would have at least one world class player in their squad.

Article title: Four Euro 2016 defenders for Klopp to consider at Liverpool this summer

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