Liverpool are reportedly plotting a January deal to sign Bayern Munich centre-back David Alaba to bolster their squad.
According to Football Insider, Alaba is a player Liverpool have been looking at as a potential signing and the club could seal a pre-contract agreement with the defender in January.
The report claims that Alaba is out of contract at the end of the season and has, so far, failed to agree terms on a new contract with Bayern Munich. This means that he could be available on a pre-contract deal in January ahead of a free transfer in the summer.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
If Liverpool can get Alaba either on the cheap in January or on a free at the end of the season, it could be a terrific signing for the club. Alaba is a proven performer at the very top level in Europe and has been for a number of years in a Bayern shirt. He has shown that he can be an elite footballer both at left-back and centre-back for Bayern, with a career average WhoScored rating of 7.06 – highlighting the consistently quality performances he has produced throughout his career.
He has won nine Bundesliga titles and two Champions Leagues during his time with Bayern, with his vast experience suggesting that he could handle a potential move to the Premier League. At 28, he is also still at a very good age and in the peak years of his career. Klopp could still have time to develop Alaba further and the defender could be a key player for the Reds for a number of years at centre-back if he arrived at Anfield.
Alaba’s versatility could also be incredibly useful to Klopp given the current injury crisis at Liverpool. Van Dijk, Matip and Fabinho are all currently out injured and Alaba is capable of playing at centre-back, left-back, left midfield and in holding midfield – giving Klopp plenty of options in how to use him in different games depending on the injury situation at the time.