Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina is reportedly on Liverpool’s radar, and his World Cup performances show just why.
Liverpool broke the bank to secure the £75 million signing of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in January, but they are still looking for defensive reinforcements for next season and have been linked with a loan switch for Barcelona’s Yerry Mina.
The Colombian international struggled to hit the ground running at the Nou Camp following his £11million move from Palmeiras in January, playing just five times and mostly underwhelming.
With his playing chances bound to be limited again next season, as he is currently behind Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen in the pecking order, a temporary move away this summer could be on the cards for Mina despite his willingness to stay and prove himself.
Without a doubt, the 23-year-old is currently proving at the World Cup that he would be the perfect partner for Van Dijk at Liverpool.
The Barcelona man was crucial at both ends for Colombia in their last two group games, opening the scoring in the 3-0 win against Poland and securing the winner in the 1-0 victory over Senegal to secure a last-16 berth for his side.
Despite watching the opener against Japan on the bench, Mina has reestablished himself as a key player for the South American giants, completing 88 per cent of his passes across both games, winning nine aerial duels and three tackles, and he would surely bring steel to Liverpool’s back line if he made a temporary switch to Anfield.
For all his recent improvements, Dejan Lovren looks like a player that still has few mistakes in him and, with a great competition for him and cover in Mina, Liverpool could have one of the best defences in the Premier League next season.
Conceding from set-pieces had been one of Liverpool’s weaknesses until Van Dijk’s arrival, and partnering a giant like Mina with the Netherlands international will surely make their defence tick going forward.
The Colombian could be the missing piece left at the back in order for Liverpool to challenge for the title and, going by his World Cup performances, manager Jurgen Klopp should not hesitate to get a deal for Mina over the line.