This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
According to a report from The Independent, Dani Alves has been ‘touted’ as a potential target to come in and provide cover for the first-team, whilst also being of benefit due to his vast experience in the game.
Well, the Brazil international is without a club after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season, but is seemingly keen on finding a new club after a post on his official Instagram account.
The right-back wrote: “Looking for a job , where do I put my resume ? Someone let me know if you have time to read!!”
Alves most recently played at the Copa America this summer alongside Liverpool stars Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker, where the 36-year-old was named as the best player at the tournament after helping Brazil come out victorious.
Wages may prove to be a stumbling block, but Alves would still be a shrewd capture.
The main problem at Anfield right now is squad depth.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only recognised right-back after Nathaniel Clyne’s knee injury, whilst Andy Robertson is the only left-back after Alberto Moreno left – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Alisson, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Sadio Mane still haven’t begun pre-season either.
James Milner can cover in both full-back positions, but whilst the Englishman is versatile, Alves’ ability to cover a number of positions is very impressive and would be a major help for the Reds.
As per the former Barcelona man’s WhoScored page, the 5 foot 8 star played at right-back, right defensive-midfield, right-midfield, centre-midfield, centre defensive-midfield and as a centre attacking-midfielder last term – even though he specialises specifically at right-back, having such a versatile option would be a huge help for Klopp.
If Alexander-Arnold got injured, Alves could cover. If Milner got injured (God forbid), Alves could cover his midfield position or the full-back areas he’s always available for. If Klopp wanted something different at CAM, Alves is there – the options he presents to the German boss are endless.
Alves recorded three goals and seven assists for PSG in both Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France last term, proving he still has the ability to amass decent numbers despite his age.
The Brazilian appears to be comfortable in a number of positions and would be a huge addition to Klopp’s ranks given his astounding versatility.