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Liverpool Face Stiff Competition For This Serie A Defender: What Will He Add To Klopp’s Side?

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In a recent report, Gazzetta dello Sport claimed that Liverpool will face stiff competition for Atalanta defender Giorgio Scalvini. It has been stated that the Reds would have to rival Bayern Munich and Manchester City in the race to land the Italian centre-back.

Scalvini’s Impressive Rise In Italian Football

Scalvini has done well to establish himself as a first-team starter at the Gewiss Stadium this season. The 19-year-old has participated in 11 matches for the Italian side during this campaign, finding the back of the net on one occasion for them across various competitions.

The three-time Italy international has been a rock at the back for Atalanta based on his average of 1.7 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.2 clearances per game in Serie A. However, he needs to improve his ball distribution a little after completing 74.4% of his attempted passes in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).

The Italian defensive ace is one of the brightest young centre-backs in Italian football. Therefore, Liverpool should think about getting him on board next year as he will be a great signing for them in the long run.

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What Will Scalvini Add To Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp’s Team?

Scalvini is a good tackler of the ball and can make some timely interceptions for his team on the defensive third of the pitch. He usually clears the danger when needed and can use his strong 1.94m frame to dominate the opposition attackers in the air.

Scalvini is primarily a central defender but can also fill in as a holding midfielder if asked to do so. However, the Italian youngster has to find a way to improve his passing accuracy when distributing possession from the back. Furthermore, he is still quite raw and would need time to settle into life in Premier League football.

At the moment, Scalvini is playing some of the best football of his young career and could go on to become a future star at Anfield if the Reds can devise a way to bring him on board this January or next summer.

We can expect Scalvini to add more bite and steel to Jurgen Klopp‘s defence and increase competition for places within his match-day squad.

At 19, the future is quite promising for the Italian talent as long as he continues to develop his all-around game with each year. Thus, Liverpool should focus on going all out to win the race for Scalvini in 2023.

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