Klopp could sign Liverpool the perfect Matip heir in swoop for “aggressive” £44m titan - opinion

Liverpool are expected to add to their defensive ranks next year; having prioritised midfield and attacking investment over the past few years, Jurgen Klopp will bolster the backline and is compiling a list of targets.

The Premier League side are doing much better this season having endured a challenging and unsuccessful previous campaign, but there is still work to be done and the backline would welcome one or two impactful additions.

As such, Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing Real Sociedad centre-back Robin Le Normand, with TEAMtalk claiming late last month that Klopp's side are joined in their interest by rivals Manchester United, who desperately search for some defensive iron.

Earlier this year, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano revealed that the 26-year-old holds a release clause worth €50m (£44m) in his contract, with Arsenal monitoring his situation.

Liverpool would be delighted to welcome such a talented player to Anfield, with Le Normand completing 13 appearances across all competitions this season for Sociedad, keeping two clean sheets over three performances in the Champions League.

The Basque side are currently fifth in La Liga, Le Normand is an impressive player on the Spanish scene and has carried over last season's standout form.

Indeed, the French-born ace starred last term, with Sofascore recording his stellar performances, completing 88% of his passes, keeping 13 clean sheets, averaging 3.3 clearances and winning 63% of his duels.

As the table portrays, the defensive titan offers a range of abilities tailor-made for Premier League football, both industrious and composed alongside a natural ball-playing aptitude that has prompted Klopp to consider a swoop.

Liverpool are indeed in the market for defenders and will find that situation becoming all the more important should Joel Matip depart for pastures new at the end of the campaign, with the long-time servant's contract set for expiry next year.


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