Liverpool eye €35m swoop to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s defensive options next summer

Liverpool are reportedly lining up a €35m move for Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard next summer to further strengthen their backline.

The Merseyside giants have made a promising start to the new season, winning both their Premier League games while scoring six goals and conceding none.

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In turn, Jurgen Klopp appears to have found a balance in his side thus far, with Joe Gomez stepping in for the injured Dejan Lovren to suggest that the Reds really do look more solid defensively now after being criticised for it given it was a major weakness previously.

Since January 5, the Reds have conceded just 13 goals in the Premier League, which is two less than reigning champions Man City and three less than rivals Man Utd.

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That statistic coincides with the arrival of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in January, while the signing of Alisson this past summer to offer a safe pair of hands between the posts will certainly help the club continue their impressive form defensively moving forward.

However, it would appear as though Liverpool aren’t content with their current options entirely as The Mirror, via KickOff, report that Pavard is on their radar in a potential €35m deal next summer.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed an incredible rise over the last 12 months, from establishing himself as a regular at Stuttgart having made 36 appearances last season to playing a key role in France’s World Cup triumph in Russia earlier this summer.

With that in mind, a move to Liverpool and the Premier League would undoubtedly be the next step up in what promises to be a successful career for the Frenchman, but time will tell if a deal is reached next summer as much can of course change in circumstances before then.

Klopp has Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold as options at right-back already, albeit the former has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons.

As for Alexander-Arnold, he’s still just 19 years of age and appears to be solidifying his position in the starting line-up so far this season to make the position his own.

Nevertheless, with Liverpool looking to compete on various fronts moving forward, adding quality and depth will continue to be a priority and with Pavard also offering versatility given he can play more centrally too, it seems like a sensible potential signing next year.

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