Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk, who have led Liverpool’s defense since Jurgen Klopp took over, will both turn 33 this year.
As for the former Cameroon national team defender, there is a possibility that he may leave the team at the end of this season, and the need for a generational change is being called for.
Although the club failed to land a new center back, rumors of interest in the European defender have continued this winter.
One such candidate is 20-year-old defender Ousmane Diomande of Sporting. The young and lanky center back, who has also been called up to the Africa Cup of Nations for the Ivory Coast, has denied any approach from Liverpool, according to Fabrizio Romano.
“Diomande is a fantastic centre back, he can be an excellent addition for any club. But, despite links with Liverpool, I’m not aware of movement around Diomande now, honestly. He’s been linked with ten clubs but there is nothing concrete on Sporting’s table so far,”CaughtOffside
He is a modern center back who is strong in the physical game and in the air and has good speed. He has been on the pitch in 38 games for Sporting and is gradually gaining experience and also played 9 Europa League games and has shown his potential.
He seems like a perfect replacement for the former Schalke defender, but at the moment his first priority is to play against left-handed defenders.
The quality of the passes he can provide is different, and he would be a great addition to a center back position that currently consists of only right-handed players.
It is a sign of a strong club that they are scouting a variety of defenders and there is all kinds of speculation.
What kind of center back will Liverpool, who will not fail to investigate whether he can play an active role at Anfield, including his personality, bring in…?