There are numerous issues Liverpool have to sort out in the summer transfer window, but perhaps no matter is more pressing than replacing Georginio Wijnaldum.
The Dutch midfielder’s contract is up this summer, and as of yet, there’s been no indication that he plans on extending his stay at Anfield, and with the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan circling, we’d understand if he wanted to leave the Merseyside club.
The Reds have been linked with plenty of midfielders that could be seen as his replacement, with the likes of Rodrigo De Paul and Renato Sanches linked, but if recent reports are true, Liverpool may have already made a big-money offer for the player that will replace Wijnaldum.
Indeed, Le Parisien are reporting that David Alaba wants to play as a midfielder at whichever club he signs for next, and that is a very interesting proposition for Liverpool.
The Reds have been looking at Alaba for some time now, making a big bid for him in January according to Fabrizio Romano, and while it’s been thought that he would act as a reinforcement for the Reds’ injury-plagued backline, this update changes everything.
The more you think about it, the more it makes sense. Alaba has a brilliant engine, he’s a top-class distributor and his defensive awareness is second-to-none.
Liverpool may have seen Alaba as a defender when they offered him a big-money deal back in January, but they may have actually inadvertently stumbled upon the perfect player to replace Wijnaldum.
He’s got all of the attributes, he’s got the ability to drop into the defence if needed, much like how Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have done this season, and he’s built-up a good understanding with Thiago Alcantara during their years together at Bayern Munich.
Jurgen Klopp’s side may not have known it when they offered Alaba a contract last month, but they’ve actually already made a bid for the perfect player to replace Wijnaldum in this Liverpool side.