Reports from Kick Off earlier this week suggested that Liverpool will make a sensational move for World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard when the transfer window reopens.
The defender would be available for €35 million if his current side Stuttgart fail to qualify for the Champions League this season – a small price to pay for the very talented youngster.
The 22-year-old proved this summer he is capable of playing at the highest level and was a key component of the French World Cup winning squad in Russia; attracting many suitors for his efforts.
Winner – Liverpool’s defensive depth
Jurgen Klopp’s side isn’t short of defenders. However, if they were able to bring Pavard in for a cut-price deal, it would be an absolute steal.
With Virgil Van Dijk’s place in Klopp’s first XI safe and sealed, it’s still not clear who his defensive partner in crime will be for the coming seasons; with Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren currently fighting it out for the spot.
Nevertheless, competition for places will only benefit the Reds and bringing in a player of Pavard’s talent and youth would only be a bonus for them in the long term.
Loser – Joe Gomez
Gomez has started the 2018/19 Premier League campaign terrifically for Liverpool. However, if the Reds were to make a move for Pavard, it would likely be the 21-year-old who would fall victim to a place on the sidelines.
If reports are correct, Liverpool won’t be making a move for the World Cup winner until next summer, which gives Gomez time to establish himself as Virgil Van Dijk’s partner at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.