Report: Liverpool interested in loaning centre-back Long
Sam PrestonJanuary 29, 2021
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Liverpool’s need for centre-backs has been a central theme in their January transfer window.
FSG’s plan appears to be to rely on Jurgen Klopp to continue the strength of his centre-back options.
But Fabinho missed last night’s game against Tottenham, with Joel Matip limping out.
As the end of the window draws nearer, this will only intensify their demand.
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Liverpool’s vision is clear. They just want to buy players who can make a long-term impact.
All of this increases the prospect of a loan period to provide a short-term solution until the end of the season.
With this in mind, ESPN The Reds are eyeing New York Red Bulls American center Aaron Long, reports say.
He was the captain of the U.S. national team, but never played outside the United States.
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Liverpool might #USMNT central defender. He’s an excellent tackler and his defensive quality is usually very good even by Premier League standards, but it dipped last season. More worryingly, his possession rate is always low.
— smarterscout (@smarterscout) January 29, 2021
It would be a gamble, but none of the solutions available right now seem to be perfect.
SmarterScout’s analysis showed he was an “extraordinary tackler” but raised concerns about his ability to attack from the back.
He is more accustomed to a direct style and his stats paint a similar profile to Burnley’s Ben Mee and James Tarkovsky.
Liverpool now appear to have finally acknowledged the need for a new centre-back, and it remains to be seen whether Long is that person.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.
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