Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic ahead of next season and the 23-year-old could prove to be the ideal addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad in the summer.
What’s the word?
According to Sky Sports Germany journalist Max Bielefeld on Twitter, both Liverpool and Manchester United have been ‘in touch’ with Fiorentina for the defender, with Borussia Dortmund also showing an interest.
Would he be a good signing?
The Reds have been low on centre-back options since Dejan Lovren was allowed to leave last summer, with no replacement brought in for the Croatian international, leaving just Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as natural options at centre-back in Klopp’s side.
All three have subsequently suffered long-term injuries this season, forcing Klopp into playing the likes of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in defence, whilst promoting youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams into the first-team.
Whilst Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were brought in during the January transfer window, these are arguably short-term options for the Reds, especially considering they have no obligation to make the Turkish international’s loan move from Schalke permanent in the summer.
Should Liverpool sign Milenkovic?
Therefore, it is no surprise to hear that they are reportedly interested in Milenkovic, as the Serbian continues to impress in Serie A.
So far this season, the centre-back has made 21 appearances in the Italian top-flight, contributing two goals and averaging a solid 6.91 rating.
Standing at 6 ft 5, it is obvious that the defender is a big threat aerially, as he has impressively averaged 3.5 won aerials per game in Serie A this season, whilst he also contributed five goals last season.
In Kabak’s two Premier League appearances thus far, the 20-year-old has averaged a less than impressive 5.93 rating, so unless he wins Klopp over with his performances in the rest of the season, it is difficult to see the Reds making his stay a permanent one.
Therefore, they will definitely need to bring in another centre-back option, unless they want a repeat of the major issues they have had in defence this season, and Milenkovic could prove to be a superb option.
“He is the most talented centre-back Serbia have had since Vidic, and they definitely have one thing in common – both are fearless.”
Milenkovic is clearly held in high regard and if he can live up to this potential, then there seems no reason why he wouldn’t be a success at Liverpool should he make the move to Anfield in the summer.