Liverpool remain top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah slotted a penalty to secure three points away to Brighton.
The Seagulls defended extremely well and Liverpool failed to break down Chris Houghton’s men for the majority of the game. Jurgen Klopp moved Salah into a free role after the interval and the Egypt international caused plenty of problems. His hard work was rewarded as he was fouled in the area and made no mistake from the spot to hand Liverpool a massive three points.
Due to his lack of defenders, Klopp was forced to use Brazilian midfielder Fabinho in central defence alongside Virgil van Dijk and the former Monaco man performed admirably. He looked a natural at the back, dealing with the threat of Glen Murray. However, Liverpool lacked his influence in the engine room – Klopp should be looking to add defensive reinforcements in the January transfer window.
An ideal target would be Bournemouth defender – Nathan Ake. Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Dutchman signed permanently for the Cherries last summer after impressing on loan from Chelsea. Ake has been an integral part of Eddie Howe’s side since, impressing fans and pundits alike with his performances at the Vitality Stadium.
The 23-year-old is a modern-day centre back who would slot seamlessly into the Liverpool back four. Strong defensively and great on the ball, Ake is tailor-made for Klopp’s system and would finally give the Reds some excellent defensive depth. Not only does Ake have all the attributes to succeed on Merseyside, he already has experience working with van Dijk, having been capped ten times by the Netherlands. The youngster is also able to play at left-back which will no doubt interest Klopp with Alberto Moreno potentially set to leave the club leaving Andy Robertson as the only recognised left-back at the club.
Under Klopp’s tutelage, Ake could become an important player for the club.
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