Why Steve Nicol is right and Liverpool should go after Dante

Liverpool legend Steve Nicol is right in urging Liverpool to get after Bayern Munich centre back Dante.

Liverpool need a defender this summer but at the moment, it’s a little unclear as to who they will go after because they have been linked with what seems like tens of different players.

Former player Steve Nicol has suggested they could do a lot worse than targeting Bayern Munich’s Dante and to perfectly honest, he’s not far wrong.

To begin with he’s as solid as a rock having started in every single league match he’s been selected for in the German side this season.

Liverpool will be looking to replace the experience of Jamie Carragher with the experience of another centre back, someone they can rely on to settle into the team and be effective over a large volume of matches.

His presence would also mean Liverpool retain their height and strength factor which Carragher only enhanced. Dante is a big centre back, someone who is physically imposing and someone who would compliment the game of Daniel Agger.

He’s also Brazilian, which effectively guarantees that he’s going to be good on the ball and useful as Brendan Rodgers prefers his side to pass the ball out, when it’s possible during matches.

The problem here is that he seems like the sort of player that Pep Guardiola will want to form the spine of his Bayern side, when he takes up the coaching job in the summer.

He’s got a very good background with Dani Alves at Barcelona when it comes to using Brazilian players in a back four and Dante just seems like the sort of centre back Guardiola will want to keep.

Then there is the fact that his contract at Bayern doesn’t expire until the summer of 2016. While Nicol is perfectly right to suggest him as a target for his former club, there is little chance Liverpool would be able to actually afford him.

He has maybe five or six years left in his career and his commercial power for Bayern is huge because of his Brazilian background. It’s not likely that he’d go for a fee of anything under £10 million.

That’s something Liverpool can’t get close to at the moment because of the current financial restraints at the club. It would be a beast of a signing if they pulled it off but on this occasion, it probably won’t happen.

Liverpool fans, would you like Dante in the side?

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