Liverpool have fallen victim to a well-documented defensive injury crisis this quarter, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffering from severe knee issues looking to keep them out for the majority (if not all) of the 2020/21 season.
Joel Matip has also struggled with fitness this season, which has seen makeshift center-half Fabinho find himself at the heart of Liverpool’s defense for much of the campaign. Despite this, Jurgen Klopp suggested that the club do not looking to strengthen halfway through the center in January.
However, that hasn’t stopped Bayern Munich’s David Alaba from being linked with a move to Anfield, with his Allianz Arena contract set to expire this summer.
Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that the club have tried to tie the versatile defender to a new deal, but declined the offer. Alaba are now able to open talks with other clubs and sign a pre-contract elsewhere ahead of a free transfer this summer.
According to the Independent’s Melissa Reddy, Liverpool held talks with Alaba representatives last year, but that was in part to assess her current personal conditions and assessment to help them draft a proposal to bring Bayern teammate Thiago at Anfield due to the couple’s similarity. conditions. Sly.
However, a move for Alaba is now a “categorical no” for the Reds for a variety of reasons. When the club enter the market for a center-half, they have to do so with the intention of the player replacing Joel Matip in the long run. Alaba turns 29 in June and therefore does not fit the profile of a long-term replacement.
While Liverpool appreciate the versatility and unmistakable ability of the Austria international, they also considered him too small and not strong enough in the air to meet their central defensive demands.
The arrival of Kostas Tsimikas is summer has also dashed the call to sign Alaba, as the cover of Andy Robertson at left-back is now less of a priority.
Real Madrid are seen as the favorites to land the defender this summer, while Manchester United have also been linked with an approach.