Liverpool identify their main transfer target after Virgil van Dijk’s injury...

iverpool have identified RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano as the main transfer target to fill the void left by Virgil van Dijk’s injury.

The Premier League champions will be without Van Dijk for the remainder of this season after injuring his knee ligaments in a clash with Everton keeper Jordan Pickford last weekend.

Now they will increase their interest in the 21-year-old Frenchman Upamecano, who was on the list of potential targets in Liverpool even before Van Dijk was injured.

Sources in Germany have told Sunday World that Leipzig expect Liverpool to take a step in January to sign their center-back. An offer of more than £ 40 million is difficult for them to refuse.

“It will be difficult to find a high profile player in January. Liverpool have to do it if they want to keep their ambitions on track for this season, ”said Sunday World columnist and great Anfield player John Aldridge.

“He might have to throw back the defensive line, play a little more cautiously and look to the top three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to win games and try to get through without reaching January 1st . ”Inflicted a lot of damage in the season.

“The option to use Fabinho in that role looked decent when Van Dijk was in the mix, but they look terribly short in this key position now and it means entering the transfer market might be the only solution now.”

Upamecano recently put a new contract with RB Leipzig on paper and signed up to the club until 2023.

However, there are suggestions that the deal includes a € 42 million release clause that will go into effect next summer. It remains to be seen whether the German side would consider selling one of their star men in the middle of the season.

While Liverpool have not yet taken any formal steps to sign Upamecano at this point, he fits the age group of players the club has recruited in recent years and could be a valuable asset for the next decade if he is to arrive at Anfield.

A move for Upamecano would mean a change in transfer policy for Liverpool after they decided not to sign a center-back despite Dejan Lovren’s departure last summer.

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