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Van Dijk could show why Liverpool will avoid Alaba transfer

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Their piece states: “While the defender’s skillset and versatility is appreciated by Liverpool, he is understood to be too small - his height is 1.8m in comparison to Van Dijk (1.93m), Matip (1.95m), Gomez (1.88m) - and not strong enough aerially for their requirements at centre-back.” If you look at the centre-backs that Klopp has brought in since arriving at Anfield, including the aforementioned Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip who stand approximately 6ft 4in and 6ft 4.5in, they’ve all been towering individuals.

Liverpool have a big centre-back issue – whether or not they’re in the market for David Alaba.

And of course the currently injured trio of Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez are all in and around that height.

Jurgen Klopp – arguably a centre-back light after not replacing Zenit St Petersburg-bound Dejan Lovren last summer before the unforeseen long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez – will surely be on the lookout for a new recruit at the heart of his defence.

After Lionel Messi who, statistically speaking at least, can be considered to be the greatest footballer to ever walk the Earth, Alaba rivals the Reds’ own Gini Wijnaldum as being the most high-profile prospective free agent on the market this summer.

Ragnar Klavan was 6ft 2in, on-loan Steven Caulker was 6ft 3in and even teenager Sepp van den Berg is 6ft 2.5in and at his age might still be growing.

Indeed before last week’s FA Cup third round tie at Aston Villa the Liverpool manager declared that under normal circumstances his club would be attempting to sign a centre-back this month but the prospect is unlikely due to the financial implications of the global coronavirus pandemic.
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