Liverpool have made a big salary offer Ronald Araujo as well as promised him a place in their starting XI, according to El Nacional, in spite of their strong depth at centre-back.
Just this past summer, Ibrahima Konate joined the club and has looked better with every game he’s played. He looks like a younger, more aggressive version of Virgil van Dijk.
And with the Dutchman himself training with Konate every day, Liverpool will reap the rewards of having the world’s best defender among their ranks even when he retires or leaves the club several years down the line.
However, signing Araujo makes very little sense to me even if the Uruguayan is a very good player and someone I enjoy watching; Liverpool simply do not need any more central defenders.
Van Dijk and Joel Matip are the starters in Jurgen Klopp’s side and then beyond them, he could field another very good duo in Konate and Joe Gomez while he still has Nathaniel Phillips as 5th choice.
The latter could leave the club later this month but I still don’t think signing Araujo is necessary especially when Georginio Wijnaldum hasn’t been replaced yet and the Reds can’t properly provide cover for Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as we’re seeing right now.
The report from El Nacional claims that Araujo wants to be paid more but with Xavi prioritising renewals for Ousmane Dembele and Gavi, he has decided he wants to leave and has interest from Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain as well as the Reds.
Klopp has reportedly requested the signing of Araujo and Liverpool have offered him a ‘big salary and a place in the starting eleven’ which is perhaps the most surprising aspect of the whole report.
Does that mean Klopp views Araujo as the ideal partner for Virgil van Dijk just a couple of months after signing Ibrahima Konate despite the Frenchman’s very good start to life at Anfield?
I doubt it.
Unless Klopp and Pep Lijnders are plotting a switch to a three at the back formation in the near future, I can’t see how signing Araujo solves any of the problems that Liverpool have run into this season.
Almost all the points that have been dropped this season have come due to a lack of control in midfield and a lack of protection from midfield for the back four and Araujo, unfortunately, cannot solve this headache for Klopp.