Liverpool: David Alaba would be ‘short term fix’ says pundit
Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards has the chance to hamper old rivals Manchester United in the January window. Jurgen Klopp’s side came into the new campaign as the team to beat having waltzed their way to Premier League glory last season.
And they made improvements in the summer with Thiago Alcantara joining from Bayern Munich along with Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota.
The latter has proven to be a revelation with nine goals in 17 games and has broken up the usual attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
But Liverpool have also had to cope with their fair share of issues with a host of first-team players going down with injury.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are long-term absentees with Joel Matip and Fabinho stepping while the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson and Salah have also missed multiple games.
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Despite the injury problems, Liverpool still sit top at Christmas with players returning to full fitness towards the back-end of the festive period.
Tottenham and Leicester have looked strong so far but United have recovered from a poor start to the season and are now within touching distance of Liverpool at the top.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate for United officials to help their title chances by making a big statement in the January transfer window.
And bolstering their options in defence is seen as a top priority with David Alaba the main target.
Alaba’s contract expires in the summer and Bayern Munich have resigned themselves to losing the centre-back in the New Year, but they will almost certainly want to sell in January as opposed to letting him leave for free in the summer.
But the defender will still be available at a cut-price deal and United are reportedly keen to strike a deal.
Liverpool though are also in need of strengthening in defence if they plan on mounting challenges on all fronts this season.
Matip and Fabinho have formed a solid partnership in defence but both have had their injury issues with the former’s minutes still being monitored.
Fabinho’s presence in midfield has also been missed in big games this season and there has been some speculation that Liverpool could swoop in for Alaba.
Edwards has already dealt with Bayern this summer after swooping in for Thiago with just £5million paid upfront.
He’s proven to be a shrewd negotiator during his time at Liverpool and the chance to steal a top target away from United while also filling a need for Klopp would be the perfect way to showcase their dominance.
Alaba remains one of the world’s best centre backs in the prime of his career and adding him to Liverpool’s title-winning side could be the missing piece to ensure they win the league back-to-back.
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