Liverpool could use transfer 'cheat' to sign $52m Levi Colwill alternative Jürgen Klopp 'loves'

During the summer, Liverpool was keen to sign a left-sided defender. That should still be the case as it makes sense that its Joël Matip successor would be left-footed.

Jürgen Klopp should still very much be in the market for a new central defender, but finding the right player will be tricky. They need to tick several boxes, including having the potential to become the best in the world in their position.

Chelsea and England youth star Levi Colwill was one of Liverpool's targets during the summer, but after months of speculation surrounding his future, he penned a new contract with Chelsea. The 20-year-old wonderkid would have been an ideal addition for the Reds to make, as he could have potentially bolstered the last line of Klopp's defense for the next decade.

In addition to being a top prospect with bags of potential, Colwill is also left-footed, unlike the options currently at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joël Matip and Ibrahima Konaté are all right-footed, which is one of the reasons why Liverpool liked the Blues defender. Klopp wishes to add a left-footer to his ranks, but those players are notoriously harder to find in the transfer market, which is why they tend to be worth more.

Colwill ticked virtually every box as a potential target, but it seems the Reds will now have to consider other options. It remains to be seen who Liverpool will chase, but Gonçalo Inácio, linked previously, could once again enter the conversation. German outlet BILD reports that because Manchester United has pulled out of the race for the 22-year-old center-back, Liverpool is now the favorite for his signature. He supposedly has a release clause of $52m (£43m/€49m) and the report claims that Klopp sees him as his 'absolute preferred solution'.

He has been tipped for a move to Merseyside in the past (per Football Insider and others) and like Colwill, he is left-footed with plenty of time on his side to continue evolving. The Portuguese defender has showcased a real composure when in possession of the ball in the last 12 to 18 months.

In fact, Inácio placed second in the whole of the Primeira Liga for progressive passes last season — which suggests that he's proactive and forward-thinking on the ball — only ranked behind Porto midfielder Otávio. Among defenders, he assumed the top spot, and by quite some distance.

The Lisbon-born starlet looks like a natural when expected to build moves from the back, which should certainly help his prospect of moving to English shores in the coming weeks. Moreover, he would be attainable. His release clause does not like too bad value considering some of the prices surrounding the market at present.

The fact his contract contains a clause is a big deal too. Indeed, Liverpool used that particular cheat code on two separate occasions over the summer. Alexis Mac Allister was allowed to leave Brighton and Hove Albion for a reduced price shortly after the window opened thanks to a clause in his deal, and the same applies to Dominik Szoboszlai, who followed him to Merseyside from RB Leipzig.

Those clauses tend to be overly excessive, but they seemed fair and reasonable regarding Mac Allister and Szoboszlai, with Inácio having the potential to be another. Newcastle United and Arsenal were also said to be tracking Inácio's development during the summer (via The Metro) but the former has Sven Botman as a fixed left-footed option in defense, and the latter has Gabriel Magalhães.

Liverpool is the only club of the traditional 'Big Six' in the Premier League without a left-footer, which is a void that must be addressed this month. Overall, with Colwill now firmly off the table, Inácio could be next in line.


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