Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has sent a clear message to defender David Alaba after he was recently linked with a move to Liverpool.
Flick lays down the law
Alaba has been at Bayern since 2008 and has gone on to score 31 times and provide 49 assists from 393 first-team appearances (TransferMarkt), making him one of the longest-serving players in their side.
But with Liverpool’s ever-mounting defensive crisis that they have on their hands, they are in urgent need of reinforcements at the back.
Virgil van Dijk has been ruled out for a significant amount of time with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, with Joel Matip struggling to stay fit and Fabinho becoming the Merseysiders’ latest casualty (via the Independent).
This has forced Flick’s hand to make his feelings clear about Alaba’s future and what he hopes will happen, sending a clear warning to the 73-cap international if he thinks about jumping ship.
Cited by TEAMTalk, he said: “I feel he’s the same as last season, very focused, loud on the pitch. He’s one of the players who leads our defence. For me, there’s no difference between now and last season.
“I’m not concerning myself with [worries about a January transfer] at all right now.
“I still hope he’ll sign with Bayern because I think he knows what the situation is like here in Munich. It’s a lot of fun to train with a team with a good atmosphere here. We play successful football and this club is one of the best in the world.
“The conditions are top for every player right now and I think he’ll think twice about changing that.
“It’s his decision – and we have to respect that, obviously – but I hope he will stay. He has to decide, my feeling is irrelevant.”
Signs of concern
The way that Flick’s words come across is of a man who is worried about one of his key assets leaving next summer. A factor in this will be how well-respected he is with his teammates, with Joshua Kimmich having previously described him as “outstanding” (via Bundesliga).
It is no surprise that Klopp is interested in Alaba’s services, mainly due to the fact that he can play at centre-back, as well as on the left and even in the number six position at the base of midfield if necessary (TransferMarkt).
Versatility is key to playing in the German tactician’s team and it appears that he has identified Alaba for the role, which will inevitably excite the Kop faithful.
Having already taken Thiago from Flick’s Champions League-winning outfit, don’t be surprised to see the Spanish midfielder becoming an agent for a brief period.
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