21-year-old defender is pushing to leave his club now, Liverpool want him - journalist

Leverkusen have been one of the form teams in all of Europe this year. Former Red Xabi Alonso has got the Bundesliga side purring, and they’re unbeaten in all competitions over the season so far.

But their terrific run hasn’t been good news for everybody. Having begun the season short of fitness following injury last year, Hincapie hasn’t been able to force his way back into the team.

As a result, journalist Florian Plettenberg has claimed that the 21-year-old is looking to leave Leverkusen in January. Taking to X this evening, Plettenberg gave an update on Hincapie’s situation, as well as Liverpool’s interest.

“Piero Hincapie, open for a new challenge in winter as he wants to play regularly. He’s not happy as a substitute,” reports the journalist. “But: Leverkusen appreciates him & wants to keep him as Tapsoba & Kossounou will join the African Cup.

“The 21 y/o cb (left foot) has many inquiries on the table. Talks took place. Liverpool is monitoring him but there is no offer; no concrete talks yet.”

Hincapie pushing for Leverkusen exit
Towards the end of the summer transfer window, Hincapie had started to look like a genuine option for Liverpool.

However, despite reports that the Ecuadorian was keen on joining the Reds, nothing ever materialised.

With Joel Matip now ruled out for the season though, there’s a clear chance that Liverpool could be looking for a defender this January.

That could be good news for Hincapie, who has started just two games for Leverkusen all season.

Having said that, the Ecuador international is still unlikely to come cheap. Yesterday, there were claims that Liverpool may have to pay as much as £60m for the youngster.

It also must be said that if it’s game time Hincapie is after, then it’s unlikely he’d find that immediately at Anfield.

Matip may be injured but if Ibrahima Konate stays fit then he’ll partner Virgil van Dijk more often than not. Joe Gomez is still around too and is having a very good season, while Jarell Quansah has been an unexpected star.

So, with that in mind, it doesn’t really sound like Liverpool are the right fit for Hincapie right now. Nevertheless, this is clearly something to keep a watch over in 2024.


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