Liverpool’s Defensive Alarm Bells
“While everybody has been screaming about Liverpool’s midfield this summer, quietly another alarm has been going off at the back,” notes Andy Jones. The Reds have been leaking goals in their pre-season, with 11 goals conceded in just five games. The defensive issues that haunted them last season seem to be making a comeback.
The Current State of Liverpool’s Defence
Jurgen Klopp’s primary defensive lineup seems robust with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Ibrahima Konate, and Virgil van Dijk. However, the depth, especially at centre-back, raises eyebrows. As Mark Carey points out, “Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are the immediate backups, but their recent form hasn’t been entirely convincing.”
The Ideal Centre-Back Profile for Liverpool
“When profiling defenders, it’s crucial to establish the type of player that suits Liverpool’s needs,” says James Pearce. The Reds seem to be in the market for a young, left-footed centre-back who’s defensively solid, comfortable with the ball, and can cover wide areas when needed. Chelsea’s Levi Colwill might have been an ideal fit, but he’s committed his future to the Blues.
Potential Centre-Back Targets for Liverpool
Let’s delve into some players that could fit the bill for Liverpool:
Goncalo Inacio (Sporting CP)
A left-footed defender, Inacio has shown his ability to progress the ball forward, ranking high for progressive passes and carries. His experience in Sporting’s 3-4-3 system could make him a suitable fit for Liverpool.
Perr Schuurs (Torino)
Once on trial at Liverpool, Schuurs has grown into a reliable defender in Serie A. However, being right-footed might not make him the perfect fit for the left-sided centre-back role Liverpool seeks.
Marc Guehi (Crystal Palace)
The Palace captain has been on Liverpool’s radar. Known for his exceptional positioning and game-reading skills, Guehi could be a valuable addition, despite being right-footed.
Castello Lukeba (Olympique Lyonnais)
A perfect fit for Liverpool’s profile, Lukeba’s move to RB Leipzig might make this a missed opportunity for the Reds.
Facundo Medina (RC Lens)
Medina’s ball progression skills are top-notch. His ability to play as an inverted full-back could be an added advantage for Liverpool.
Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton)
A young talent with immense potential, Bella-Kotchap could be a long-term investment for Liverpool, especially if they can refine his raw talent.
Liverpool’s defensive concerns are evident, and while the primary lineup seems strong, depth is crucial for a long and gruelling season. The Reds might need to make a move soon to ensure they remain competitive on all fronts.