Jurgen Klopp has reportedly asked the Liverpool board to consider an attempt to sign free agent defender David Alaba this year.
According to Spanish outlet Don Balon, Klopp has pleaded with the Liverpool board to make a move for Alaba as he views the Austrian as a very useful player to have in his squad due to his experience and versatility.
The report claims, however, that Real Madrid are currently the favourites to sign him on a pre-contract deal as his Bayern contract expires in the summer.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Forgetting about the finances for a second, would Alaba be a good signing for Liverpool based on what Klopp is reportedly saying to the board? Yes. He definitely has the experience at the top level having been a consistent figure for Bayern over the years in the Bundesliga and in Europe.
Alaba has played over 350 games across the Bundesliga and Champions League for Bayern, showing that he knows how to perform consistently at the elite level. This could make him a good option for Liverpool to have as they compete in the Premier League and Champions League, with the Austrian knowing exactly what it takes to have success and play in a winning side.
In terms of his versatility, his performances this season have proven that he can perform in a plethora of positions across the pitch. He has played centre-back, left-back, defensive midfield, left midfield and left attacking midfield for Bayern and Austria, averaging a WhoScored rating of 6.73. This shows that he is able to play to a high standard in several areas of the pitch, which could give Klopp a multitude of options in how to use him in his team – potentially giving him the opportunity to alter his formations in-game by moving Alaba into different positions.
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