Liverpool should make it their transfer priority to lure Tottenham and Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld to Anfield this summer.
The 29-year-old has been one of the standout defenders in the Premier League in recent seasons, and a move for the former Southampton player could be the transfer that establishes the Reds as a title contender next season.
According to Bleacher Report, Liverpool are in the market for another defender and Alderwiereld is one player very much in the Champions League finalists sights.
The Belgium international has been stuck in a contract stand-off with Spurs for the past few months, and a swoop for one of the world’s best defenders would see the perfect partner for Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.
The former Ajax man has been linked with a move away from North London, with Sky Sports reporting some of Europe’s biggest teams interest in the Tottenham defender.
However, Liverpool must make it their priority to sign the former Atletico Madrid centre-back who is entering the last year of his Spurs contract.
The addition of Alderwiereld will take the Reds to the next level defensively. His outstanding range of passing and his reading of the game is up there with the best.
Liverpool’s defence has come under severe scrutiny for large periods of the season.
However, the addition of Van Dijk gave the team that authoritative leader that steadied the ship and he has been crucial in the Reds reaching their 8th Champions League final since his January move from Southampton.
Alderweireld would come as the perfect partner to the Netherlands captain, and the Belgian would be the perfect player to suits Klopp’s philosophy.
His organisation, ability to read the game and confidence in leading the back line is second to none. Like other great players, he makes those around him better and has been fundamental to Pochettino’s success in recent years.
With the majority of Europe likely keeping tabs on the player, it’s unlikely that Liverpool will be favourites to sign the Spurs defender.
However, it would be criminal for Klopp and his board to not be considering a player of his stature if the Reds are to kick on and challenge for the league.
According to Sky Sports, this current deal contains a clause which would allow him to leave the club for £25 million before the end of the 2019 transfer window.
With Davison Sanchez replacing Alderwiereld in Pochettino’s starting eleven in recent weeks, it could encourage Levy that Spurs can afford to cash in on a player that has only featured 11 times in the league for the Lilywhites this season.
Although it is unlikely that Tottenham will want to sell to a top-four rival, with the right fee and if Alderweireld helped force the move, Liverpool could perhaps encourage the Belgian to stay in the Premier League and make a move up North. Especially, if they are crowned Champions League winners before the end of the season.
Alderweireld would surely be the final piece of the puzzle to Liverpool’s back-four and, with the club boasting one of the world’s most formidable attacking line ups, it could prove an addition that sets the Reds up as a contender for England’s most significant prize next season.