The Clock is Ticking for Klopp’s Reds
Liverpool’s defensive ranks are looking a bit thin these days, especially with Virgil van Dijk facing suspension and Ibrahima Konate nursing a muscle injury. Joel Matip’s return to the pitch in the Reds’ nail-biting 2-1 victory over Newcastle was a welcome sight, but it’s clear that Jurgen Klopp needs more options at the heart of his defence.
The Van Dijk Conundrum
Van Dijk’s recent red card against Newcastle has only intensified Liverpool’s need for a reliable centre-back. The Dutchman will be absent in the upcoming clash with an in-form Aston Villa, leaving Klopp with limited choices. Joe Gomez and young prospect Jarell Quansah did step up, but the depth issue remains a concern as the transfer deadline looms.
Goncalo Inacio: The Left-Footed Solution
Liverpool’s scouting department has been busy looking for a left-footed centre-back, and Sporting Lisbon’s Goncalo Inacio seems to fit the bill. The 22-year-old Portuguese international has already amassed over 120 appearances for his club. Although Inacio recently extended his contract—bumping his release clause from £38.6 million to £51.5 million—Liverpool have shown a penchant for triggering release clauses this summer, as evidenced by the acquisitions of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai.
Perr Schuurs: The Dutch Connection
Perr Schuurs, currently plying his trade at Torino, has also been on Liverpool’s radar. The 23-year-old Dutchman could be an ideal partner for fellow countryman Van Dijk. Schuurs, who moved to Serie A after a stint with Ajax, may not be left-footed but fits the age profile that Klopp prefers. The defender is also reportedly on Arsenal’s wishlist, adding a layer of intrigue to the final days of the transfer window.
Marc Guehi: The Premier League Prodigy
Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi is another name that has been thrown into the mix. The former Chelsea man has been a standout performer for Palace and has caught the eye of several top clubs, including Manchester United and Arsenal. Guehi brings Premier League experience to the table, having already featured 76 times in the competition. Although he’s right-footed, he’s comfortable playing on the left side of the defence.
With the transfer deadline fast approaching, Liverpool have some crucial decisions to make. Whether it’s Goncalo Inacio, Perr Schuurs, or Marc Guehi, Klopp needs to act swiftly to bolster his defensive options and find the perfect partner for Van Dijk.