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Liverpool target Emerson can provide short-term cover and long-term competition for Alexander-Arnold

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Liverpool target Emerson can provide short-term cover and long-term competition for Alexander-Arnold

Emerson is a target for 14 clubs, including Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp will be mulling over his short-term options at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold currently out injured.

Alexander-Arnold’s injury news came at a disappointing time for Liverpool, who had just loaned Nathaniel Clyne out to Bournemouth.

Klopp selected James Milner against Crystal Palace, but he was sent off, leaving Liverpool with limited options.

The Reds could well be forced to dip into the January transfer market and they have today been linked with a new right-back.

According to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool are among 14 clubs chasing Atletico Mineiro defender Emerson.

 

Arsenal and Barcelona are two others chasing the young Brazilian, but Liverpool must step up their chase to solve their right-back problem.

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The 20-year-old is in his first season with Atletico Mineiro and he has immediately impressed since his summer move from Ponte Preta.

Emerson signed a four-year deal until summer 2022 but he might already leave with European clubs lining up to sign him.

The Brazil under-20 international would provide short-term cover for Alexander-Arnold while the England international is out injured.

And then the two youngsters will provide healthy competition for each other moving forward at Anfield.

With Joe Gomez and Alexander-Arnold currently sidelined, a January swoop for Emerson would be sensible for Liverpool’s short-term and long-term plans.

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