The upcoming winter will see Liverpool improving their defensive department.
It’s claimed by British and Italian media that Liverpool are willing to buy Inter centre-back Stefan de Vrij.
The Netherlands international joined Inter from Lazio on a free transfer in July 2018. His contract expires in the summer of 2023.
In 97 appearances for Inter, De Vrij has managed to score 6 goals, and create 6 goals for his teammates.
The 28-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Netherlands.
Stefan de Vrij has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 3 goals in 38 senior appearances for the Netherlands national team.
Adding a centre-back remains Liverpool’s top priority this winter and Jürgen Klopp will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Klopp is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this winter.
The Reds will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the winter transfer window.
The 28-year-old has a good defensive mind, someone who can spot attacking threats and nullify them. There is no doubt that Stefan de Vrij will take Liverpool’s defense to a different level. He has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.
According to the report, ” Liverpool are seriously interested in signing Inter centre-back Stefan de Vrij. The 28-year-old is someone the Reds admire greatly. The club is experiencing a crisis at centre-back, with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long term problems. And according to FCInterNews, the Anfield club may even bid for De Vrij in January. The issue is that Inter is an ambitious club and may not want to sell a key player in the middle of the season.”
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Inter are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the centre-back, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Stefan de Vrij ideal fit for Liverpool?
The Reds must improve their defensive options and the signing of De Vrij would be a step in the right direction.
The 28-year-old is certainly a player that would strengthen the current Liverpool squad and would be a good buy in the winter transfer window.
A centre-back of De Vrij’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Liverpool squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Klopp’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his defensive department.
How strong that interest is and whether Liverpool will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.