Journalist Fabrizio Romano has named two centre-backs that Liverpool have been looking at.
According to Romano, the Reds have been looking at RB Leipzig defenders Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate.
Romano said that Konate has been scouted by Liverpool, but the “dream” for the Reds is to sign Upamecano.
Romano added that it will be difficult for Liverpool to sign Upamecano simply because he has so much interest from other clubs.
Romano told Anfield Watch: “Liverpool are interested in both [Upamecano and Konate].
“For sure, Konate has been scouted. The dream would be Upamecano also for Liverpool. He would be perfect in the opinion of Jurgen Klopp.
“But, at the moment, it is so difficult. There is Bayern Munich [interested in Upamecano]. There is also Chelsea looking at him and Paris Saint-Germain.
“When you have these kind of clubs and you have to negotiate with the player more than with RB Leipzig because you are paying the [release] clause.
“It is just up to the player and offering a big salary, this is not so easy.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
We really like the look of Upamecano. The centre-back is averaging a WhoScored player rating of 6.88 in the Bundesliga this season.
That is not a bad return for a 22-year-old defender. If Liverpool were to sign Upamecano sometime soon, they would be signing a centre-back that could play in the heart of Liverpool’s defence for quite a few years.
Upamecano is quite an experienced young player. The Frenchman has already made 137 senior appearances for RB Leipzig, which means that he is not foreign to playing regular senior football.
With that being the case, we believe that he would adapt reasonably quickly at Liverpool. It’s not like the club would be signing a player straight out of an academy.
Upamecano is a player that clearly has adapted to senior football.
See some more of our interview with Fabrizio here
.@FabrizioRomano: “Liverpool are interested in both [Upamecano and Konate]. Konate has been scouted. The dream would be Upamecano also for Liverpool. He would be perfect in the opinion of Jurgen Klopp. But, at the moment, it is so difficult."
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