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What Will This Title Winning Defender Add To Liverpool If They Can Sign Him?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

The summer transfer window is heating up as teams from all over Europe are hurrying over their deals to get their hands on top transfer targets before the deadline day. Jürgen Klopp’s Premier League outfit Liverpool have been a rather busy team in the window as the manager has bought in a number of players and has also axed a lot of deadwood from his squad. The Anfield outfit definitely looks a better squad from the previous season and in the 3 games they played, they have shown that they are now a better team as well. However, Klopp and the fans of the club are still sulking over more additions with the squad looking a bit weak in certain positions.

The defensive midfield positions, that lacks any kind of quality or depth in the squad is hard to address with the transfer window not providing too many options but the left-back position is one Klopp has turned his attention to days before the deadline day. Alberto Moreno and his madness was replaced by James Milner’s industry that saw them stay unbeaten in back to back games in the League Cup against Burton and the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur recently. However, Milner showed his own shortcomings at the Lane and it is now understood that the manager wants to bring a Premier League Champions to his squad this summer.

Leicester City, who lifted the Barclays Premier League last season, lost just one of their star players from the previous season in N’Golo Kanté and have managed to secure the signatures of most of the players in the core of the team for long term contracts. However, one Christian Fuchs has reportedly rejected an offer to extend his contract and this has seen the Anfield outfit ponder over a move for the Austrian international.

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The 30-year old left back only joined the Champions of England last season on a two-year contract and lifted the league title in his first season in the Premier League. He is a strong ball playing defender who loves to pass his way out of danger to set his team up on the counters. He is strong in the air and a good reader of the game that makes him a top class player in his position. He loves to put in crosses for his team-mates in the box and is also equally adept at breaking defences up with incisive passing.

His is also an experienced defender who hardly loses his concentration while his discipline at the back was exemplary in the title winning season. Though it looked like Fuchs’ game is not suitable for the Premier League, the 30-year old took no time to adjust to the physical challenges that the English game provides and has come out trumps.

Liverpool have some good players, but even at his age, he can become of the best in his position. He has all the attributes to become a success under Jürgen Klopp who will give him a place in the starting XI straight away, and if he can keep his form going, he can even help Liverpool back to their glory days. Do you think Liverpool should spend on Fuchs this summer?

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