Liverpool are eyeing a move to sign Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap in January, according to reports in the last 48 hours.
The Lowdown: Immediate impact
He’s recently been rewarded for his performances by earning his first international call-up to represent Germany during the upcoming Nations League fixtures, and this has caught the attention of a potential suitor.
The Latest: Liverpool considering Bella-Kotchap move
According to Spanish media (via Sport Witness), Liverpool ‘closely follow the evolution’ of Bella-Kotchap, and are ‘keeping tabs’ on him ahead of a potential approach.
The source reports that Jurgen Klopp is a personal ‘admirer’ of the centre-back, and views him as a ‘long-term replacement’ for Virgil van Dijk.
The Reds are set to face competition for his services though, with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid also lurking in the background.
The Verdict: One for the future
Liverpool’s current central defenders aren’t getting any younger, and Bella-Kotchap would be a hugely promising signing that would stand the club in good stead for the future.
Bella-Kotchap for Liverpool?
To show this much potential at just 20 is nothing short of remarkable, and if he’s this much of a rock now, just imagine how much more he could develop under the guidance of Klopp at Anfield in years to come.
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