Defence has always been an achilles heel for Liverpool with a lack-lustre defence in the 2013/14 Premier League season costing them the title.
Jurgen Klopp took immediate steps to ensure that the same mistakes were not repeated again by offloading defenders like Martin Skrtel who were clearly past their best and bringing in Matip, Klavan who have proved themselves in the Bundesliga. This brought in a certain degree of solidity at the centre back position .
Matip and Lovren have done a fairly good job for the Reds with Matip performing admirably in his first season. The left back position which was a spot of bother under the Spaniard Alberto Moreno has been dominated by veteran English midfielder James Milner admirably. However only 2 clean sheets have been recorded this season.
This stat is a clear indication that bringing in defensive reinforcements during the January window is nothing short of a necessity for the Reds. In case of injuries there is a lack of depth in the defence with Sakho frozen out of the side and Gomez lacking the experience required. Lucas Leiva can perform as a make-shift centre back but his reliability is a debatable issue. In case of an injury to James Milner the squad might find themselves exposed which is something Jurgen Klopp will be looking to avoid.
If the deal sees the light of the day then Liverpool’s expenditure on players from Southampton will reach 130 million with previous acquisitions being Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Sadio Mane to name a few.
Van Djik enjoys a reputation of being a no-nonsense centre back putting in an impressive performance against Liverpool. The 0-0 draw was possible largely because of the maturity displayed by the Southampton defence led by Van Djik. His tackle to prevent Sadio Mane from getting in on goal deserves a special mention. With 6.9 clearances per game, 2.3 interceptions per game, 2.1 tackles per game, 0.8 outfielder blocks per game his stats in the current season are extremely impressive.
Mcqueen, a Saints academy product is another target for Liverpool. This defender has played all 3 games this season as a left back delivering impressive performances at the back. With 1.7 tackles per game, 1.7 interceptions per game, 2 clearances per game and just 21 years of age the young talent who originally started off as a winger has the ability and the potential to go on and dominate the left back role at Anfield if Moreno is unable to meet Klopp’s expectations.
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