Liverpool should make a stunning double transfer raid on Leicester for their defensive duo of Filip Benkovic, who is currently on loan at Celtic, and the impressive Ben Chilwell, who has caught the eye of some of England’s biggest clubs with his performances this season.
Well, it has become apparent that the Reds’ strength in depth at the back isn’t good enough to maintain the form that their first choice defenders have set, as we have seen by their latest mini crisis in defence.
Jurgen Klopp lost both Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to long-term injuries not too long ago, which has seen the likes of James Milner shoehorned into right-back and the error-prone Dejan Lovren become Virgil van Dijk’s partner for some huge games.
The recent loss to Manchester City at the Etihad, in which the Croatian international looked lost, showed that Klopp needs more defenders through the door at Anfield to cope with another potential fitness disaster – the problem isn’t the defence itself, rather the depth of it that should worry the Premier League leaders.
21-year-old Benkovic is starring out on loan with Celtic, and his excellent performances have even seen the Bhoys’ fans compare him to their former star van Dijk – high praise indeed. The Croatian would provide solid back up to the Dutchman and Joe Gomez at Anfield, and would ensure that they can cope with injuries at the back for next season.
Judging by the fact he has started just two Premier League games this season, along with his comments about wanting to leave the club, it seems as if Alberto Moreno will be heading for the exit door very soon. When the Spaniard does depart, Klopp will need another left-back to compete with Andrew Robertson, who is the only other player the Reds have in that department.
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England international Chilwell has been sensational so far this season, and looks set to be one of the best left-backs in England for the foreseeable future. He would be an amazing signing in his own right, but stopping City from securing his services as well would also be a huge factor.
The league leaders don’t have many weaknesses right now, other than their defensive strength in depth – if they can amend that, they will be simply unstoppable.