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Liverpool’s defence might be learning but they shouldn’t forget about Nordi Mukiele

Liverpool’s defence might be learning but they shouldn’t forget about Nordi Mukiele

Liverpool almost secured all three points against Arsenal at the weekend but were denied by a late Alexandre Lacazette goal.

The Reds should have taken the lead in the first-half when Sadio Mane’s goal was wrongly ruled offside with Virgil van Dijk forcing Bernd Leno into action as well as hitting the post from a free-kick. Arsenal also squandered chances before James Milner finally broke the deadlock – his side have never lost in the Premier League when his name was on the scoresheet. Liverpool defended well before an expert turn and finish from Lacazette secured a point for Emery’s men.

Jurgen Klopp’s men remain unbeaten in the Premier League, but the German will be concerned with the performance of Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back. The youngster looked completely lost and couldn’t deal with the threat of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. With Nathaniel Clyne failing even to make the bench for the trip to London, Klopp should be monitoring potential replacements.

One man he should keep a close eye on is RB Leipzig wonderkid – Nordi Mukiele. Valued at £12.6m by Transfermarkt, the 21-year-old rose to prominence in Ligue 1 with Montpellier, making 33 appearances last season to attract plenty of interest from around Europe. It was Leipzig who won the race for his signature, paying £14m to prise him away from France.

The youngster has made an instant impact at his new club during his eight Bundesliga appearances, able to play at right-back or centre-back for his new employers. Mukiele is an excellent defender, averaging two tackles per game in the Bundesliga so far, as well as 1.3 interceptions. The Frenchman is comfortable bringing the ball out of defence, averaging 1.6 successful dribbles per 90 minutes, making him the ideal replacement for Clyne (WhoScored).

Bringing Mukiele to Anfield would provide real competition to Alexander-Arnold and give Klopp another useful rotation option in the back four. Learning from the likes of Van Dijk could do wonders for his development, and the youngster could develop into a Premier League great under the Dutchman’s wing.

Liverpool fans, thoughts?

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