Liverpool were in absolutely scintillating form last night, blowing Hoffenheim away with three early goals as they booked a place in the group stages of the Champions League courtesy of a 4-2 win at Anfield.
Despite their brilliance going forward, the Merseyside outfit continued to look vulnerable at the other end of the pitch, however, highlighting the need for Jürgen Klopp to bring in one or two more defensive reinforcements.
According to reports in the Daily Star, the Reds are now thought to have turned their attention to Benedikt Howedes, with an £18m bid being prepared for the German international.
An incredibly versatile performer, the 29-year-old’s preferred position is at centre-back, though he has also been used on both the right and left sides of defence, as well as in a holding midfield role, in his career to date.
Having been a part of the Schalke squad since 2007, Howedes would bring much-needed Champions League experience with him to Anfield:
|POS: DEF||AGE: 29Y 5M|
|HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN||WEIGHT: 12ST 12LB|
The German was a key member of the side which unexpectedly reached the semi-finals of Europe’s premier club competition back in 2010/11, featuring in ten of their 12 matches along the way.
He was also a teammate of Joel Matip’s for seven years, meaning that the duo could likely hit the ground running if Klopp was to deploy them as his first-choice central-defensive partnership:
|29Y 5M||AGE||26Y 0M|
|6FT 2IN||HEIGHT||6FT 3IN|
|12ST 12LB||WEIGHT||14ST 12LB|
|BL | S04 |||| S04 | BL|
|08/12 - 07/16||08/12 - 07/16|
During a four-season period between 2012 and 2016, the centre-backs started 171 Bundesliga matches between them, many of which would have come together, and £18m is not a lot to pay for a player who boasts close to 50 caps for his country.
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