The January window is just days away from reopening but there is reason to suggest Liverpool may need to wait until the summer to secure a simply brilliant signature.
Indeed, according to a report from TEAMtalk, World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard will be available for €35 million (£31.4 million) in the summer of 2019 due to an exit fee in his contract.
With the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip providing such stern resistance in the heart of defence there is certainly no rush to bring in a new defensive talent, but Jurgen Klopp would be foolish to miss an opportunity to sign Pavard.
Pavard was a mainstay in Didier Deschamps’ France squad which romped to World Cup glory in Russia, with an exceptional thunderbolt against Argentina standing out as a cinematic moment of brilliance to cap a series of complete defensive performances.
In terms of Liverpool’s current crop of defensive talents, Pavard resembles a talent with a very similar set of qualities to Gomez.
Firstly, the aforementioned players are one year apart in age, while they boast very similar physiques: Pavard stands at 1.86m and Gomez marginally taller at 1.88m and they are both lean and strong with pace to burn when moving in both directions.
As Pavard demonstrated during the World Cup, he is very comfortable when operating at right-back despite being a central defender by trade, and Gomez has consistently proven an ability to seamlessly switch from centre-back to right-back at Liverpool.
The similarities are clear in terms of physicality, technicality, age and positioning, but also in terms of how they were spotted and signed in bargain deals before they came to the attention of Europe’s heavyweights.
Evidently, the parallels are extensive and that can only be good news for Liverpool supporters considering how successful Gomez has been since breaking into the first-team.
Whether Liverpool will eventually pursue a move for Pavard remains to be seen, but if reports regarding a 2019 exit clause prove to be true they should strongly consider a move.
Either way Stuggart seem destined to make a substantial profit on the French enforcer if and when they eventually succumb to the financial charm of a rival bidder.
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