Liverpool are well aware of their strengths and weaknesses in what has been a rollercoaster ride of a season in 2017/18, and few could deny that one of their biggest areas for improvement comes in the heart of defence. As such, it may not be a surprise to see that Barcelona defender Yerry Mina has been linked with a move to Anfield.
According to Diario AS journalist Ignacio Miguelez, speaking on TV show El Chiringuito Latino, the Colombian international will move to Merseyside on loan next season.
The 6 foot 5 inch tall central defender joined Barcelona for €11.8 million (£10.4 million) from Brazilian club Palmeiras in January but has made only four appearances since, only two of them being from the start, as rumours have spread, thanks to reports from the likes of SPORT, that coach Ernesto Valverde is not keen on his new addition.
Some may question the reports, particularly given that earlier this week Spanish daily newspaper MARCA reported that Mina would not go out on loan next season and would form part of Valverde’s squad for their La Liga title defence, but it would not be a shock if he were to depart temporarily.
Liverpool should welcome a player of such quality and he would, seemingly, fit perfectly into Liverpool’s set-up. Whilst his lack of experience may not be ideal, he can boast good quality on the ball and is a dominant physical figure, much like his would be partner Virgil Van Dijk.
Mina may not walk straight into the starting line-up at Anfield, but he would fit the profile that Jurgen Klopp often looks for in defenders and would certainly add depth to a position which the club must look to improve on if they are to build on their success in reaching the Champions League final in 2017/18.