Yerry Mina showed at the World Cup why he would be Van Dijk’s perfect partner at Liverpool

Liverpool are interested in signing Barcelona defender Yerry Mina after his impressive World Cup performances, according to Turkish news outlet Fotomac, as cited by The Mirror.

What’s the story?

The Colombian centre back signed for Spanish giants Barcelona in January after impressing for Palmeiras.

However, the 23-year-old struggled to break into the first team and has only made five La Liga appearances to date.

Mina had a fine showing in Russia, forging a strong partnership with Davinson Sanchez and becoming the first defender to score in each of their first three World Cup matches.

Despite Colombia’s defeat to England, Mina leaves the tournament with his reputation enhanced, and now Fenerbahce and Liverpool are set to battle it out for his signature according to the report.

Is he worth it?

Going by his World Cup performances, Mina looks like a real talent, not only as a threat up front with his towering headers, but also strong at the back averaging 4.7 aerial duels won and seven clearances per game.

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It is no blot on his record that he couldn’t break into the Barcelona team and it is telling enough that they wanted to sign him.

The 6ft5 powerhouse is valued at £8.1million on Transfermarkt, and of course he could be another example of someone performing at the World Cup and failing to live up to the hype.

But he looks like exactly the sort of player who could form a strong partnership with Virgil Van Dijk, both powerful and pacy central defenders who take no nonsense but are also good with the ball at their feet.

It is a position Liverpool could do with an upgrade and Mina is certainly an upgrade on Van Dijk’s current partners.