Perhaps the major grievance our Liverpool-supporting locals here in the Transfer Tavern have had with the Jurgen Klopp era thus far has been the club’s defensive frailty.
While the Reds have looked scintillating at times when going forward, their backline remains rather leaky, undermining the frontline at times. With that in mind, links with a move for Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson should be acted upon.
Though signing a player from a relegated side is never the most exciting, the England hopeful would be a solid addition at Anfield. Indeed, Boro’s rather insipid attempt of retaining their Premier League status this season hasn’t been as a result of their defence, more so their failure to convert or even create chances.
Gibson, who was called into the England international set up earlier this season, can provide balance at Anfield. The 24-year-old is able to operate on the left of a central defensive pairing, as well as left-back if needs be.
A resolute defender, the Boro star may not be the classiest passer in the world, though a hard-nosed partner for someone such as Joel Matip. If Ragnar Klavan was supposed to be that man, Gibson is a mobile version and less prone to lapses in concentration.
If Liverpool really are to improve defensively, an out and out defender such as Gibson is the man to help them do so.