Canada replacement for van Dijk: 5 candidates on the shortlist of Liverpool FC

16:40  26 october  2020
16:40  26 october  2020 Source:   90min.de

Klopp needs Salah & Mane response in toughest Merseyside Derby in years

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That the Liverpool FC broke away the central pillar on the defensive, if not in the entire game of the Reds, after the serious injury of defender Virgil van Dijk is, is out of the question. Now the club is feverishly considering how to compensate for this loss. Several scenarios come into question.

Virgil van Dijk wird den Reds wohl bis zum Ende der Saison fehlen | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Virgil van Dijk will probably miss the Reds until the end of the season | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

There is the strategy: Close your eyes and go through. Certainly the "most irresponsible" (from a purely sporting point of view), because the Liverpool team simply does not have an equivalent replacement in the squad. Neither Joe Gómez nor Joel Matip, and even less the Dutchman Sepp van den Berg, come close to van Dijk's class. To expect things to go well anyway would be more an act of belief than serious managerial work.

Van Dijk injury causes concern for frustrated Liverpool

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Liverpool wants to avoid mega purchases

But there is also the financial aspect. And in these Corona times, he has no insignificant influence on the squad planning - not only at Liverpool. Because candidates who would be trusted to be more than just a back-up for the Dutch are expensive. In fact, very expensive. And among the Reds there are certainly tendencies that argue that you shouldn't take so much money into your hands.

Which means that candidates like Kalidou Koulibaly, currently under contract with SSC Napoli, actually fall out of place again. For the 29-year-old, the southern Italians are calling for a price of around 80 million euros. So roughly in the spheres of a van Dijk, who moved to the Mersey in early 2018 for a rumored 85 million.

Van Dijk needs right knee surgery, set for long absence

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Short-List for relatively "inexpensive" alternatives

It would rather come down to a 1B solution (or 2A, depending on the perspective). According to information from 90min, those responsible have already drawn up a list of candidates for possible transfer targets. Names like Ozan Kabak (Schalke 04), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Mykola Matvienko (Schachtar Donezk), Jules Koundé (Sevilla FC), whose market values ​​(according to transfermarkt.de) are all between 30 and 40 million euros, appear on this also Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano.

the latter could probably change in the summer of 2012 for a fixed transfer fee of around 50 million euros. But in summer it is no longer of any use to the Reds. And to "convince" the people of Leipzig to sell their French defense rods this winter, a few million euros more would definitely be due.

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