Liverpool like Nayef Aguerd as a centre-back option as Jurgen Klopp looks to add a new defender to his squad.
According to Goal, Liverpool are looking at Nayef Aguerd as a possible option at centre-back. The 27-year-old World Cup semi-finalist has impressed in his first season at West Ham United and has a brilliant World Cup campaign under his belt.
Liverpool are ramping up their efforts to bring key reinforcements ahead of the summer window. Jurgen Klopp has realised he needs to revamp his midfield and add to his defensive options as the Reds want to challenge in the new season.
There’s no possible explanation for why Liverpool failed this season, with the Merseysiders likely finishing only in fifth spot. Not playing in the Champions League would affect their finances, but Klopp could urge the club to invest significantly in certain areas to improve the overall quality.
Central midfield is one area Klopp wants to bring at least two key players. Brighton’s Alexis Mac Allister is reportedly close to agreeing on a deal with Liverpool. And after that, they could explore the other option. Meanwhile, Klopp remains keen to bring in a new central defender, as he may not want to rely on the existing stars for a whole season.
A host of names have been featured on their list before the summer. Crystal Palace’s Marc Guehi is a player of interest, but there’s plenty of competition for the England international. Moreover, his price tag may prove difficult for Liverpool to cough up, particularly when they are preparing to spend heavily in other areas.
Jurrien Timber is also an option, but again, there’s plenty of competition for the Dutch international. West Ham’s Nayef Ageurd emerges on their shortlist, with the 27-year-old World Cup semi-finalist impressing in his first season in London.
Aguerd initially had a difficult period acclimatising to a new league but has since become a starter under David Moyes. He has even managed to cement his place in the backline, often leaving the manager to choose between Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma to partner with the Moroccan.
Tottenham are also keen on the 27-year-old World Cup semi-finalist, but Liverpool’s potential interest could turn the tables for Aguerd. he may not particularly ask to leave West Ham. Still, if a sizeable offer comes in, the Hammers might consider it.
He may only represent one of the options on their list for Liverpool. They might turn to the 27-year-old World Cup semi-finalist if they cannot get their priority targets. For now, the Hammers consider him important for their plans.
LFC’s tactic for trying to get a player from another club is becoming really irritating. They try to unsettle them by letting it be known through the media that they’re interested, and then hope the player will agitate for a move and they’ll get him at a reduced price. Might have worked a few years ago when they were a big club, but they’re no bigger than West Ham these days, so can do one.