After potential season-ending injuries for Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool will be in the market to buy a centre-back in January. One of the names Liverpool are rumored to be looking at is that of ex-Premier League defender Daryl Janmaat.
The 31-year-old right-back last played for Watford in the Premier League but left the team in October when the Hornets were relegated to the Championship. The Dutchman is now a free agent and links with a move to Liverpool grow stronger by the day.
Janmaat has over 150 appearances in the Premier League with Newcastle United and Watford. Being a free agent, Janmaat seems like the most probable option for Klopp as clubs would generally be reluctant to sell defenders mid-season. Also, knowing Liverpool’s desperation, teams will bloat the value of their players if they do agree to sell them.
With 34 International caps to his name for the Netherlands, Janmaat is not short of experience at the biggest stage. According to TeamTalk, Liverpool midfielder, Georginio Wijnaldum has given a ‘glowing reference’ about his Dutch national teammate Janmaat, with whom he shared the pitch during their time at Newcastle United.
Liverpool linked with out-of-favor Madrid defender Eder Militao
In fresh links from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Liverpool may be looking at Real Madrid’s Brazilian defender Eder Militao. The 22-year-old can play in a variety of positions in the backline and will be a perfect solution to Liverpool’s injury problems.
Militao has played right-back and centre-back for Real Madrid and the Brazil national team. He will be a perfect coup for Jurgen Klopp if the German manager can sign him for his current market valuation at £36 million.
Real Madrid may not be ready to sell a defender mid-season, with Zidane vary of the congested fixture list that awaits the Spanish side. But Militao’s meager three starts this season may force the player to look elsewhere for regular first-team football.
It was revealed that Liverpool had kept an eye on Militao during his time at Sao Paulo, long before his blockbuster move to Real Madrid.
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