Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Liverpool have scouted both Sven Botman and Ozan Kabak, but so far they have not made a concrete move for either.
Romano confirms centre-back interest
It is no secret that Liverpool have something of a defensive crisis on their hands. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are out with long-term injuries, while a recent problem with Joel Matip means that Jordan Henderson and Fabinho were forced to line up at the heart of the back four against Southampton in their 1-0 defeat.
Talking to Give Me Sport, transfer expert Romano was asked about who the Reds could be looking at to come in at centre-back. He replied:
“You mentioned some names. For sure, Kabak has been scouted also Botman. About Botman, we heard a lot of talks about possible medicals and something but it’s absolutely not true at the moment. For sure, Liverpool appreciate the player but they have not done anything with the manager, the player, the agent or with the club, with Lille, in this case.”
He then added:
“So they are really quiet in this moment and when they mention – Jurgen Klopp mentions – about opportunities, they mean in the last week, you know, the last 10 days, seven days, you can have some opportunity on the market like players that want to leave their club and they are forced to do like swap deals or loan deals in this case for Liverpool, so they’re going to wait, I think, they’re going to wait some weeks and then at the end of the market they will decide for the centre-back.”
Two on radar
The injuries have racked up for the Anfield outfit, and they are now left dangerously short at the back. Despite them being top of the Premier League, they have conceded more goals than six other sides. Should they continue to play players out of position, it will have a negative impact not just on the defence, but the rest of the team.
Do you think Liverpool will sign a new centre-back during this January window?
Both Kabak and Botman would be unlikely to break the bank. The former, although valued at £22.5m (Transfermarkt), plays for Schalke, who are without a win in 30 Bundesliga matches and are in financial trouble – they are in no place to demand a ridiculous fee. Lille’s Botman could be a little bit harder to prise, but he is valued at the same price as Kabak and is not yet a household name, with Lille encountering financial issues of their own.
As Romano says, no approach has been made, but fans may be excited to simply hear the club are really eyeing such targets, such is the extent of their crisis at the back.
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