Liverpool facing a losing battle to land David Alaba who is seen in the photo
David Alaba of FC Bayern Munich passes the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and TSG Hoffenheim at Allianz Arena on January 30, 2021 in Munich, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

In a recent tweet, renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Liverpool are facing a losing battle to land Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. It is understood that the Austria international’s priority is to join Real Madrid when he becomes a free agent at the end of this season which could be a stumbling block for the Reds as well as other interested clubs.

Alaba’s Impressive Form Under Hans-Dieter Flick’s Stewardship This Season

The Wien-born defensive ace has continued to perform at a high level this season as he has produced a series of commanding performances at the heart of the Bavarian outfit’s midfield. Alaba has managed to net two goals and earn two assists for Bayern this term across all fronts.

In Europe, the 28-year-old’s form has been sensational because he has averaged 1.4 tackles, 1.2 interceptions, 2.6 clearances and 0.6 key passes per 90 minutes in the UEFA Champions League group stages. He has even been careful when distributing the ball out from defence after making 87.4% of his attempted passes in European football (stats via whoscored).

Alaba is currently playing at his peak and has shown no signs of slowing down this season. He has been a rock at the back for Hansi Flick’s side, so it is no wonder that some of Europe’s top clubs, including Liverpool, are interested in signing him when his contract at the Allianz Arena runs out at the end of this campaign.

Liverpool facing a losing battle to land David Alaba who is seen in the photo
David Alaba of Bayern Munich celebrates after scoring their sides fourth goal during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins-Arena on January 24, 2021, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

What Are The Austria International’s Best Attributes?

Alaba has established himself as one of the best centre-halves in the Bundesliga over the past 18 months. He has decent pace under his belt that enables him to make some crucial recovering runs inside his half. The experienced defender is often quick to scan the danger and is not shy of putting his foot through the ball to make a clearance when his teammates are in danger of being exposed at the back. The 76-time Austria international can even time his tackles well to earn possession back for his side.

What Should Be Klopp’s Play Here?

Currently, Liverpool could use a player of Alaba’s skill set as he would have undeniably added more quality to their injury-hit backline. However, with Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip expected to return from injury before the start of next season, there is no need for Jurgen Klopp to sign a new defender during the summer transfer window.

The German head coach has also got Ben Davies, Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips adding some depth to his defensive department. Plus, the Reds have the option to make Ozan Kabak’s move permanent in the summer as well. All in all, Klopp shouldn’t be too worried about missing out on Alaba as he has still got a great defence at Anfield for the coming seasons.

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