Liverpool deal ‘makes sense’ after Jurgen Klopp call sparks discussion between Real Madrid and Aston Villa
A decision by Jurgen Klopp in the heart of Liverpool’s defense has prompted an expert to insist that a January exit makes perfect sense.
A year ago, Liverpool were in the midst of a debilitating injury crisis in the center. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have all been out long term due to injury. This prompted the January arrivals of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies as the Reds fought until the end of the season with a makeshift back line.
Fast forward to the present day and Liverpool’s center-back corps is the healthiest component of Klopp’s squad.
Helped by the summer addition of Ibrahima Konate, Klopp is now spoiled for choice.
Inevitably, someone’s playing time has to be cut, and so far this season the odd man has been Joe Gomez.
The 24-year-old has racked up 12 minutes of league action this term. Who has driven to the Daily Express Konate and Joel Matip declare ahead of Gomez in the pecking order in Klopp’s eyes, with Van Dijk the undisputed No. 1 choice.
In recent weeks, speculation has intensified. Gomez could be moved in January. Aston Villa have been linked, while the Express Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been a “big fan” since his time at Everton.
However, Klopp decided to quash all murmur of fuss with Gomez. Moreover, he recently insisted no loan agreement would be sanctioned in January.
Nevertheless, talk to Football Insiderexpert Frank McAvennie claimed that a Gomez exit actually made perfect sense.
McAvennie touted the possibility of a Villa loan with an option to purchase included. It would give Gomez the regular playing time he needs and could ultimately be to Liverpool’s advantage if he returns to his best at Villa Park.
McAvennie said: “Would he leave Liverpool for Villa? He would need to be convinced. If anyone can do it, Gerrard can. I’m sure he still has ties [to Liverpool] with Villa.
“Gomez is a quality player and good enough to play for Liverpool, but he has had to retire this season.
“He’s probably upset by this. Maybe he wants some play time. If he does, maybe a loan deal could be made.
“A loan with an option to buy makes sense. He could come out and prove to Liverpool why he should start. But he also has the chance to join Villa if that goes well. To me that makes more sense.
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Meanwhile, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker called young Reds stopper Marcelo Pitaluga “really special” as he continues his development.
Alisson said on the official website of his Brazilian compatriot at Liverpool: “Yes, Marcelo is really talented. I’ve seen him a few times in Brazil, but I could find out more about him here as a goalkeeper and as a person.
“He’s a really special boy, he’s really excited to have the opportunity to play for Liverpool.
“Now he’s settled down and is doing really well in training. He is a boy who trains very hard and is really dedicated to what he does. And someone who loves to learn too.
“So it’s really good to work with him, not just to be Brazilian, but to be a really good talent and such a good person.”
The ranks of Liverpool goalkeeper coaches are also well placed. John Achterberg is the club’s head coach, but the Reds brought in former Brazilian Claudio Taffarel earlier this year.
Liverpool are hopeful the 55-year-old will help improve all of their goalkeepers, as Alisson continues to impress with nine clean Premier League leaves this season.
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