It is no secret that Liverpool have a sparsity of choices in central defence.
The reigning Premier League champions have confronted one thing of an harm disaster of their backline for almost all of the 2020/21 marketing campaign.
Virgil van Dijk’s long-term absence, which seems to be set to rule him out for nearly everything of the season, has left a gaping hole on the coronary heart of the defensive unit, whereas Joe Gomez can also be anticipated to be out for many of 2020/21.
The injury-prone Joel Matip, in the meantime, has each been out and in of the aspect because of his personal health points.
Given the January window is now open for enterprise and Liverpool’s plight with defensive accidents, it is solely pure that hypothesis over the arrival of a brand new centre again is starting to accentuate.
The Reds have been linked with a transfer for Lille’s Sven Botman in current weeks following his spectacular opening to life in Ligue 1 with Lille, however a current report from Sunday World suggests they don’t seem to be going to have all of it their very own manner on this pursuit.
Certainly, Liverpool’s long-standing Premier League rivals and title chasers Manchester United have joined the race for the 20-year-old’s signature.
The report claims that Botman might now be offered for 4 occasions the €8m (£7.1m) charge Lille paid Ajax for his signature in the summertime – equating to £28.4m – and in addition namechecks Brighton & Hove Albion star Ben White as one other participant on Liverpool’s watchlist.
Senior figures on the membership are aiming to focus on a promising teenager – moderately than an skilled defender – who might be the long-term successor to Matip.
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Michael Edwards, Jurgen Klopp and the remainder of Liverpool’s head honchos are taking the proper stance by aiming for youth over expertise.
Although Botman is extremely younger at 20 years of age, his kind this season speaks for itself.
The Dutch defender has been an ever-present on the coronary heart of Lille’s defence, and his performances have been instrumental within the Ligue 1 outfit’s climb into 2nd place.
Solely Paris Saint-Germain (10) have conceded much less targets than Lille (12), with Botman averaging 1.2 tackles, 2 interceptions and a pair of.9 clearances per recreation, per WhoScored.
Of all of the centre-backs who’ve performed greater than 270 minutes of Ligue 1 soccer this season, solely three gamers boast a superior WhoScored score than Botman’s 7.13.
Standing at 6ft 5in tall, the previous Ajax youth prospect possesses a degree of bodily dominance that may maintain him in good stead to satisfy the calls for of the Premier League ought to he finally make the change.
All of the indicators are there to recommend that Liverpool have set their eyes on a possible gem, however can they persuade him to maneuver to Merseyside over Manchester?