Liverpool line up perfect partner for Matip at centre-back

By Mark Peters IN Bundesliga,General,Premier League,Transfers - 19:30 Aug 24th 2017

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.

BENEDIKT HOWEDES

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:

Benedikt Howedes
POS: DEFAGE: 29Y 5M
HEIGHT: 6FT 2INWEIGHT: 12ST 12LB
GAMES
CLEAN
SHEETS
GOALS
07/08
Schalke
3
1
10/11
Schalke
10
2
2
12/13
Schalke
7
2
2
13/14
Schalke
8
4
14/15
Schalke
6
1
1
TOTAL
34
10
5

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:

Benedikt
Howedes
versusJoel
Matip
DEFPOSITIONDEF
29Y 5MAGE26Y 0M
6FT 2INHEIGHT6FT 3IN
12ST 12LBWEIGHT14ST 12LB
 
BL | S04 | | S04 | BL
08/12 - 07/1608/12 - 07/16
75
STARTS
96
6744
MINS
PLAYED
8664
2
GOALS
SCORED
9
H
2
GOALS
HEAD/FOOT
H
6
1
ASSISTS
4
22
CLEAN
SHEETS
29
118
GOALS
AGAINST
134
57
MINS PER
GOALS A
65
1
TOTAL
6

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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