Liverpool have been linked with signing yet another centre-back this summer, amid their current defensive injury crisis.
After the highs of their dominant Premier League title win last season, it’s been a really frustrating campaign thus far for the champions, with injuries, in particular, curtailing their hopes of defending their title.
The loss of first-choice centre-back pair Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez earlier this term has had major ramifications on their performances, while back-up defender Joel Matip has also been ruled out until the end of the season.
Further injuries to stand-in defender Fabinho left Klopp’s men extremely thin on the ground heading into the second-half of the season, with Liverpool dipping into the transfer market on deadline day to bring in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies from Schalke and Preston, respectively.
While Kabak is only on-loan with an option to buy, the arrival of those two central defenders looked to be the end of their hunt for a new centre-back, yet, according to the Mirror, the Reds have made Torino defender Gleison Bremer their ‘top summer transfer target’.
Liverpool after 24 games of the 2019-20 season:
◉ 70 points
Liverpool after 24 games of the 2020-21 season:
◉ 40 points
The worst points differential by a defending PL champion after 24 games in the competition's history. pic.twitter.com/0YphJs2j0i
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The 23-year-old – who previously played for Atletico Miniero – has caught the eye in Serie A since his arrival in Turin in 2018.
The Brazilian has made 17 league appearances and has scored three times so far this season and has been identified as the man to partner Van Dijk in defence at Anfield.
While England international Gomez has been deployed alongside the Dutchman in recent seasons, his injury record has caused the club to look for alternatives, while the likes of Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are yet to really impress when called upon.
One major benefit in signing the left-footed defender would be the Italian club’s asking price, with the report suggesting that he could cost as little as £10m.