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Six centre-backs Liverpool could target as Reds eye another new addition

Liverpool managed to get hold of not one, but two centre-halves on transfer deadline day as their injury woes continue to grow.

The long-term absence of Virgil van Dijk was compounded by Joe Gomez’s injury earlier this season.

It meant Fabinho had to step in and partner Joel Matip, who himself has struggled with fitness.

Jordan Henderson has filled in whilst the inexperienced pair of Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have been called upon.

Ben Davies was signed from Preston and Ozan Kabak arrived on loan from Schalke to plug the gaps in defence.

But that may not stop Jurgen Klopp from eyeing another top quality centre-half in the summer.

The absence of star men will disrupt any team, the champions have found that out the hard way this season.

We look at six men who could head to Anfield in the summer as Liverpool weigh up more signings.

Jurgen Klopp has struggled with defensive options

Dayot Upamecano

The RB Leipzig defender will soon come up against the Reds in the Champions League.

A match winning performance may encourage Klopp to make a move for the Frenchman who will be available in a cut price dea.

Upamecano’s release clause will become active this summer and he represents great value in the current market.

A host of Europe’s top sides are tracking the centre-half who has proven his quality at the highest level.

Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano are both highly-rated

Marcelo

The Lyon star could’ve made an Anfield switch last month but an injury crisis at the French club meant they rejected any approaches.

At 33 Marcelo is by no means a long-term option but he is keen on a move to the Premier League.

West Ham were credited with interest which the player himself said he would consider.

He has played 20 times for the Ligue 1 outfit this season as they sit second.

Samuel Umtiti

The Barcelona defender is in his fifth season at the Nou Camp but seems to have been linked with the exit door every summer.

Several Premier League sides have reportedly been interested in the Frenchman.

Umtiti has had his fair share of injuries but remains a quality operator having started in his country’s World Cup Final win in 2018.

Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards has already contacted the Catalans regarding the defender’s availability according to the Athletic.

Samuel Umtiti has been linked with a Premier League switch
Samuel Umtiti has been linked with a Premier League switch

Duje Caleta-Car

Caleta-Car was one of the men tipped for a deadline day move to Anfield, but instead it was Davies and Kabak who joined.

The Marseille man could yet secure his Liverpool switch however should they return in the summer.

Several players left the French side in January as they looked to balance their books.

Reports claim that earlier exits meant Marseille no longer needed to cash in on Caleta-Car when Liverpool came calling.

The lure of the Premier League though could prove too much should the Reds make a second attempt to sign him.

David Carmo

Liverpool had offers for the Braga defender turned down by the Portuguese side before they pursued other targets.

The 21-year-old has a €30m release clause and he was not leaving unless that value was met.

Braga are managed by former Swansea boss Carlo Carvahal and the club’s president Antonio Salvador sought his opinion before turning down the offer.

Ten clubs were understood to have contacted Carmo’s agent about a deal meaning he will be in demand should the Reds still be keen.

Ibrahima Konate

Upamecano’s Leipzig team-mate doesn’t get the publicity of his compatriot but is still highly-rated.

The German club could face the prospect of losing both defenders this summer.

Konate may prove a more expensive option however with Leipzig able to negotiate the player’s fee with no release clause yet coming into play.

But Klopp has commented on the difficulty of finding quality centre-halves so may deem his asking price worth paying.




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