A Bundesliga centre-half who Liverpool have been monitoring long before their current injury crisis has delivered his verdict on the transfer links.
Jurgen Klopp is facing a selection dilemma after mounting defensive injuries have stretched his squad to the limit.
Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are expected to miss the majority of the season. While Trent Alexander-Arnold recently suffered a calf injury expected to rule him out for four weeks.
Brazilian Fabinho had covered capably as an auxiliary centre-back, but he too succumbed to injury in October.
The rash of injuries leaves The Reds facing the prospect of putting out a patchwork defence until the January window arrives.
An xx-Liverpool ace recently insisted the club must act when the window opens. Indeed, most reports see to indicate Liverpool will be an active player in the winter market.
A raft of defenders have been linked with a switch, with a Barcelona ace the latest to emerge. But one player who had been credited with interest from Liverpool prior to the injury crisis deepening was Schalke’s Malick Thiaw.
As such, the player has now responded to the links, telling Schalke TV (via sport.de): “Of course you’re happy when big clubs are after you, but it was actually clear to me that I would stay at Schalke.”
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Meanwhile, Darren Bent claims Jamie Carragher tried to convince him to sign for Liverpool – but suggests the Reds were put off by his transfer fee.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are riding the crest of a wave having ended their 30-year wait for a domestic league title. That followed Champions League glory the previous season – halcyon days for their supporters.
Much of their success is credited to their sporting director Michael Edwards, who time and again seems to strike gold in the transfer market.
Skip back 10 years though and Liverpool were a club in turmoil. The ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett was court-bound, while Roy Hodgson had just been appointed manager.
Their recruitment was a little all over the place too.
At the time, Bent had just netted a career-high 25 goals for Sunderland. It was his first season at the Stadium of Light and led to interest from a host of big clubs.
Indeed, Liverpool were one of those who considered a move, if Bent’s recollection of events is accurate.