Despite another likely top-four finish and a first Champions League final in 11 years for Jurgen Klopp’s side, there are still areas in Liverpool’s team which need to be addressed if they are to launch a more serious title challenge next season.
Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez should be the Reds’ primary summer transfer target for that to happen.
The addition of the world’s most expensive defender, Virgil van Dijk, and arguably the bargain of the season, Andy Robertson, have revitalised a Liverpool defence that has come under severe scrutiny for large parts of the season.
Dejan Lovren has also seen a miraculous change of form since his dismal first half of the season that will likely be rewarded with a starting place in the Champions League final on May 26th.
However, there are still defensive issues and lapses of concentration that argue another defender is definitely needed.
Van Dijk will undoubtedly be Liverpool’s primary centre-half but the young Gimenez could be the perfect partner for the Dutchman, considering Lovren has been a controversial figure for too long at Anfield.
The Uraguay international is currently one of the best young defenders in Europe and his partnership with the sensational Diego Godin has received a lot of attention in recent months.
His manager Diego Simeone is the game’s current tactical master and his emphasis on defending is why Atletico have been a formidable force in Europe for years.
Under the guidance of Simeone, Atletico have kept more clean sheets (112) than they have conceded goals (107) at home, across all competitions.
Playing alongside arguably one of the best defenders in the world, Gimenez has developed his game drastically and is one of the reasons why his services will not come at a cheap price.
According to Spanish journalist Guillem Balagué, the 24-year-old defender has a €65 million (£57.3 million) release clause in his contract, which may settle some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
However, considering Liverpool were rewarded in spending big for Van Dijk, the asking price should not be a put-off.
Gimenez has also showcased his physicality in, arguably, the world’s most technical league so a move to the Premier League could come as a positive switch for the Uruguayan.
An aggressive, yet composed, defender should be on the bucket list of all of Europe’s top clubs and Gimenez embodies everything about that.
If it was Liverpool to sign the highly rated youngster it could be the difference in them surpassing the extraordinary highs of this season in the next.