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Liverpool Draw Up Shortlist of Potential Virgil van Dijk Replacements

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Liverpool are eyeing to land potential Virgil Van Djik replacement in the January transfer window. The Reds are badly in need of a new centre-back at Anfield immediately. Jurgen Klopp will need to face Atalanta tomorrow in the Champions League group stage game. Liverpool’s skipper Virgil Van Djik is ruled out due to injury and will be out for weeks.

The Dutchman was proving to be a good leader for the Reds this season. However, he couldn’t continue leading Liverpool this season. Van Dijk did make some serious mistakes in the initial games in Premier League alongside Joe Gomez. Primarily Liverpool was missing a partner in the heart of the defense.

But, now Liverpool needs a replacement for Virgil van Dijk itself in Liverpool. Klopp needs to do his math in order to build a solid defense that can settle in quickly. The Merseyside club last met West Ham United in the Premier League last Saturday. Klopp was missing his two main centre-halves against Hammers.

Liverpool lost Joel Matip as well recently, leaving the squad with two key main defenders ruled out. However, Klopp has confirmed now that, Joel Matip has returned to training and is fit to play. Klopp always likes to play Fabinho in the middle of the park. Now, Fabinho is also ruled out with a right thigh muscle injury.

Liverpool Draw Up Shortlist of Potential Virgil van Dijk Replacements

With Fabinho also sidelined with injury, Klopp is forced to play with Wijanldum in the middle. However, Thiago and Keita are still yet to recover from their injuries. Although, Klopp has made it clear that, Keita, Thiago and Matip have all returned to the training. The problem now lies with the Pool defense.

Potential Van Djik replacements

According to 90min

, Liverpool has drawn up a shortlist to land in a new central defender in January. Klopp is eyeing to bring in some strong defender, who can add experience at the back. Especially, in the absence of their defensive general, Liverpool needs a centre-back.

A lot of names were doing rounds in Liverpool this summer. However, Klopp surprisingly landed Greek defender Konstantinos Tsimikas, who likes to start from the left-back position. The left-back is currently a backup in the side and will need to work hard to claim his place. There are several players, who are now on Liverpool’s radar for the January window.

1. Jules Koundé

Potential Van Djik replacements : Jules Koundé

Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has lured many interests from top-flight European clubs. The young defender has delivered a stand-out performance for the Spanish side recently. He’ll however be expensive considering his current value, Klopp’s side might need to invest £70m.

The centre-back proved his worth last season by putting up a good show against quality sides in the Europa League. The lad is very good at Ariel duals and jas shown recently in the Champions League game as well. Kounde is also exceptional at short passes and can dribble as well. But, he still needs to perfect the art of tackling.

2. Ozan Kabak

Schalke’s Ozan Kabak is also one of the names, that’s doing the rounds in Liverpool radar. The 20-year-old versatile defender can play as a defensive midfielder as well. The Turkish defender still has four years left in his contract at Schalke. However, Liverpool might trigger his release clause to land the young talent.

The young central defender is known for his good defensive works and tackles. The Turkish defender has already been showing a second yellow this season in Bundesliga. He’ll turn out to be a worthy investment if Liverpool ends up signing him.

Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Shakhtar Donetsk’s Mykola Matvienko, and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano are also on the Reds shortlist. The talented French defender Upamecano will become available to trigger his release clause by next summer. However, Liverpool to invest £38m is still a big doubt with a number of clubs lining up their bids.

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