Exclusive: Falk confirms Liverpool a ‘hot candidate’ for wantaway Bayern Munich ace

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Liverpool may have been provided an early answer to the question of how they will bolster their backline this summer.

Christian Falk informed CaughtOffside in his exclusive Fact Files column that Benjamin Pavard has already made his intentions clear this summer, with the Reds considered a ‘hot candidate’.

“Benjamin Pavard has informed the club that he wants to move in the summer,” the SportBILD journalist wrote.

“His agents are already talking to other clubs. Among them, Liverpool is now a hot candidate.

“Previously, Chelsea and Barcelona were already known to be interested, as well as Italian clubs AC and Inter Milan.”

The right fit for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp?

Though midfield will no doubt take centre stage in Merseyside following the free transfer exits of James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, there are clear concerns to address in the backline.

Beyond the unreliability of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, the ongoing injury issues with Ibrahima Konate present a rather unique challenge to the Reds’ recruitment team.

Benjamin Pavard and Sadio Mane have been linked with exits from Bayern – (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

The French international is without question Klopp’s second-best central defender beyond Virgil van Dijk, though the club can’t afford to not pin down a regular partner alongside the former Southampton man.

With Pavard’s contract expiring in 2024, and the player known to prefer plying his trade in the heart of the backline as opposed to the right flank, there could be an opening for the versatile defender with Liverpool.

Though, Falk’s update does suggest the club should be wary of potential competition this summer.

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  1. True LFC needs another reliable calm central defender. Opposing teams have learnt to play against Van djik……..partnership with joel, gomez n konate seems vulnerable n porous………..Yes Pavard shd be a great addition……
    Good Luck LFC

    1. So funny we all think VVD partners are the vulnerable ones, while we have seen bunch of errors committed by VVD in recent season, even Joel Matip performed better than him this just concluded season

      1. Spot on. VVD was often been the weak link and has also looked disinterested as well. Looks to blame others. I hope it’s one off season?

    1. Yes they do they need a RCB who can also operate as a RB Pavard fills that role perfectly.

      Hes also a WC and CL winner, you cant buy a more experienced player than that.

  2. Pavard would be pervect (RCB) alongside Gvardiol (LCB) both are the perfect fit for Liverpool.Konate always looks like he has a mistake in him.We still need atleast 2-3 more midfielders, Mac allister (LCM) is not enough his game still looks “raw” Klopp will add the finishing touches.We have been linked with every young MF dynamo and enforcer across Europe mostly priced between €45m-€60m I would love Liverpool to make a marquee signing like Kimmich or Barella but its not going to happen

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