Liverpool consider £18m Obiang move ahead of title challenge next season

Liverpool are considering a move for West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang this summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his strength in depth, according to The Sun.

What’s the word?

Well, according to the report, the charismatic German coach reportedly believes his Reds side – who have stuttered somewhat in 2017 – are in need of Obiang as he attempts to deliver a Premier League title to Anfield. Having watched his side fall away from league leaders Chelsea, the former Borussia Dortmund coach is understood to want to sign up to four new players, with Champions League qualification on the cards.

Why the interest?

It’s not been an easy campaign for West Ham, but the Spanish midfielder is one of few on the books in east London to have come away with his reputation intact. Largely operating at the base of the Hammers’ midfield, the 24-year-old has emerged as one of the most dependable holding players in the league.

On average during 90 minutes of Premier League action, he makes 2.7 tackles and 1.2 interceptions, stats lending themselves to the high-intensity brand of football Klopp likes to imprint on his teams.

Who’d he be competing with?

Jordan Henderson has impressed in the berth at times this season, though it’s fair to say the Anfield skipper isn’t a naturally defensive midfielder. Aside from the England international, there’s only really Emre Can to step in centrally, with Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijanldum floating free either side.

There remains, of course, Lucas Leiva in the squad, though the Liverpool stalwart could finally move on this summer.

Does it make sense?

While Kopites may have bigger names in mind, the former Sampdoria man could be an astute addition. Though he’s not a Xabi Alonso type presence prowling in front of the backline, his energy and no-nonsense tackling could help lift the pressure from their leaky backline.

Still, with the £18m quoted within the report, that’s a rather large chunk of cash to splash on someone who’s not guaranteed a start.

Article title: Liverpool consider £18m Obiang move ahead of title challenge next season

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