If this deal were to go through, it would mark Liverpool’s fourth arrival of the summer so far. Naby Keita and Fabinho have already been brought in to reinforce the midfield, whilst the capture of Xherdan Shaqiri from relegated Stoke has bolstered Jurgen Klopp’s attacking options.
However, if Liverpool are to mount a sustained title challenge this season, then their summer business can’t yet be done.
Despite improvements since the January arrival of Virgil van Dijk, Klopp’s back line still needs work.
Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan make up the other 3 senior centre-backs currently on the books at Anfield. There is a case to be made for each one of those trio needing to be replaced. Matip is solid but injury prone; Lovren has improved but remains susceptible to errors and lapses in judgement; Klavan is not of a high enough quality to push for a starting spot, and at 32-years-old, never will be.
Liverpool need to bring in a centre-back who can slot in beside van Dijk straightaway and form a defensive platform that will stand strong at Anfield for years to come.
Newcastle United’s Jamaal Lascelles would be a great target, though it would take a big bid to prise him away from St James’ Park. As Liverpool have already proved with the purchase of van Dijk though, they’re prepared to spend big to sort out their defence.