Liverpool plot shock move for South American star

By Mark Peters IN General,Premier League,Serie A,Transfers - 19:45 Jul 13th 2017

Securing a place in the group stages of the Champions League will be an important hurdle for Liverpool to overcome in the early part of the 2017/18 campaign, so the club will be looking to strengthen their squad further before then.

One area of the team that is widely regarded to be in need of improvement is the defence, though only four top-flight sides actually conceded fewer goals than the Reds last season.

According to reports in the Daily Express, one potential new arrival at Anfield could well be Wallace, with the Merseyside outfit said to have held talks about signing him.

WALLACE

The 22-year-old centre-back is far from being the finished article at present, but he has enormous potential and is getting better every time he steps out on to the pitch.

Having only joined Lazio last summer, the Brazilian made a huge difference to their fortunes in Serie A, helping them to win an extra 26% of their matches when he was involved:

Wallace
POS: DEFAGE: 22Y 8M
HEIGHT: 6FT 3INWEIGHT: 13ST 0LB
 
SA | LAZ | 16/1716/17 16/17 | LAZ | SA
WITHWITHOUT
25
MATCHES
13
64%
WIN%
38%
12%
DRAW%
31%
24%
LOSS%
31%
53
GOALS FOR
21
37
GOALS AGAINST
14
2.1
GOALS F
PER GAME
1.6
1.5
GOALS A
PER GAME
1.1
42.5
MINS PER
GOALS F
55.7
60.8
MINS PER
GOALS A
83.6
10.4
SHOTS F
PER GAME
12.5
2
POINTS
PER GAME
1.5
4
CLEAN SHEETS
4
8
TOTAL
4

On the downside, the Italian giants did concede an extra 0.4 goals per game when Wallace featured, but that doesn’t tend to matter when you are averaging an impressive two points per match.

A strong and uncompromising defender, yet blessed with the sort of technical ability that seems to come as standard for players from his country, the 22-year-old also picked up valuable experience during a two-season stay at AS Monaco:

Wallace
POS: DEFAGE: 22Y 8M
HEIGHT: 6FT 3INWEIGHT: 13ST 0LB
FL | Monaco | 14/1515/16 | Monaco | FL
GOALS
CLEAN
SHEETS
GAMES
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
AUG
2
1
1
SEP
1
OCT
2
1
NOV
1
1
1
DEC
4
2
2
2
JAN
4
2
2
3
FEB
5
3
1
1
MAR
2
2
4
APR
3
1
2
MAY
2
1
9
14
TOTAL
26
9
1

In 40 Ligue 1 appearances for the fashionable French side, the centre-back helped them to keep 18 clean sheets, proving that he can be part of a successful defensive unit.

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