The Reds’ defensive situation has been well-documented this season with Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams both being utilised as injuries have struck the heart of the backline.
Speculation has been the club will look to move for a new defender to bolster their options, then, with the Sunday World claiming that Upamecano is high on the wanted list.
He’s certainly a player with a burgeoning reputation and, according to his current manager, he is heading in only one direction.
Quoted by AS, Nagelsmann had this to say:
“In general, Upamecano is on his way to [being] world-class, but he has to stop these things, obviously. He knows it himself, he is very critical of himself.”
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The Leipzig manager was actually reflecting on some of the areas that the defender still needs to improve upon but, at the age of 22-years-old, there’s still plenty of room for him to do exactly that.
A modern-style centre-back with him comfortable with the ball at his feet, he has averaged a pass success rate of 90% in the Bundesliga so far this season, as well as making 1.2 tackles a game and 1.8 clearances in the German top-flight.
Nagelsmann is evidently backing him to become a leading light in the coming years, too, and the Reds’ reported interest in him, therefore, is something to monitor.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.