Liverpool should hijack Newcastle bid for Jetro Willems to replace Alberto Moreno

According to a report in The Daily Mail, Newcastle United are reportedly keen to sign Eintracht Frankfurt left-back Jetro Willems during the January transfer window, and Liverpool should look to hijack any move.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Daily Mail report that Toon boss Rafa Benitez is keen to bring a new left-back to St James’ Park next month considering the lack of depth the club has in that position, and they have identified the Bundesliga man as a top target.

The Daily Mail say that Frankfurt don’t want to lose a player they signed for £4.5m in August 2017, but if they were offered a fee in excess of what they paid for the 24-year-old they could choose to take it.

The 22-cap international has been an impressive performer for the German side – who won all six of their Europa League group matches – after making 19 appearances in all competitions, picking up two assists.

Why should Liverpool move for him?

It is looking more and more likely that Alberto Moreno will be leaving Anfield when his contract expires at the end of the season, and it will leave the Reds with a lack of depth at left-back.

While they have the brilliant Andrew Robertson at their disposal, there are few options that can cover that position aside from James Milner, Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold, all of whom would not be totally comfortable there.

Not only is Willems hugely experienced and has appeared in the Champions League for PSV, but he is also a versatile performer who can also feature further up the left flank and even in central midfield, and if he could be picked up for less than £10m he could prove to be a bargain buy for Jurgen Klopp, and their best since they picked up Robertson for an initial £8m in 2017.

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