With the generational change in the forwards and midfielders, the next point of reinforcement is the final line. In addition to the next generation of center backs to replace Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, Liverpool is also looking to secure a reserve for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Last season, 20-year-old defender Calvin Ramsay, acquired from Aberdeen, missed most of the game through injury, and this season, another 20-year-old defender, Conor Bradley, who grew out of a loan move at Bolton, has missed the start of the season through injury.
Although Joe Gomez has been playing in reserve at right back, his attacking ability is not as good as it could be, and a defender of the type who can also participate in more attacks is preferred. According to Football Insider, Liverpool are tracking Ajax defender Devyne Rensch, and Arsenal are also interested.
The Ajax youth product has scored seven goals and provided six assists in 101 games for the first team. He has also been selected for the Dutch national team, and has even taken the captain’s mark for the Dutch U-21 national team.
He is an athletic and agile player. He is also a tenacious defender and contributes to the team. This season, he has been in a bad way and has grabbed a regular role at right back for a prestigious club that is unexpectedly in the relegation zone in the Eredivisie.
However, with promising young side backs such as Conor Bradley and Calvin Ramsay in the squad, it seems unlikely that the club will make a move for a new right back. While waiting for Bradley to return, Jarell Quansah is also on the rise at center back, and the team is well-positioned to move Gomez to the side.
The top priority in next summer’s transfer market should be a left-handed center back, which we continued to target this summer.
How much of a commitment Liverpool will make to the right back remains to be seen… Will Liverpool make a move for the Dutch defender?