Signing Bayern Munich star as backup to £72million-rated Liverpool gem would help complete Jurgen Klopp’s puzzle

With Liverpool finding themselves in the latter rounds of both domestic and European competitions this season, the number of games is increasing over the season.

Squad depth has proved itself an issue for Klopp’s side in the past, especially with the 2020/21 season seeing the impact of losing huge players like Van Djik. 

Liverpool fans have been screaming for investment from FSG, and in order to compete with and act like their elite competition, they must also invest and spend like them. 

The depth of the squad struggles in certain, key areas. The introduction of Tsmiskas at left-back, Thiago in midfield and Jota up top has provided a needed boost to the squad and has aided in the resting of key players in a strenuous few campaigns for the Reds.

Kostas Tsimikas

However, there are areas that back up is needed to make sure being overplayed, and injury is not the downfall of this side.  

A hugely important part of the side, in Trent Alexander-Arnold, needs to be supported by a more senior, experienced full-back than Neco Williams.

Although his introduction has not been entirely negative, the young Welshman has had a rocky start.

Klopp has provided a platform for Neco to step up and fill the boots of Trent when necessary, however his age and lack of experience, along with his physicality, has shown the gap of quality between the two players. 

Neco Williams

We have recently seen the trial of Neco playing a more advanced role, even coming on to join the front 3, as it seems Klopp is trying to find the best fitting position to bring the best out of Neco. 

To state the obvious, Trent is a world-class fullback, however, to allow him to rest, Liverpool need to introduce a competent and experienced defender, fitting to the play style, that Klopp can rely on and mould into a perfect player, as he has done so many times. 

This is where Benjamin Pavard is the perfect fit 

The French international is an experienced, World Cup-winning fullback that is not being used to his full potential at his current club, Bayern Munich. 

With only 10 out of 18 appearances in the league this season, one of these being off the bench, Pavard is already being used as a rotational player.

Benjamin Pavard

This creates the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to approach a player that has a desire to win, and play more football, to become a vital part of one of the strongest sides in world football right now. 

The 25-year-old holds many qualities that fit the needs of Klopp.

He is fast, able with the ball and is confident in moving forwards in play. He often finds himself in attacking positions and can provide the pass for the goal, just as Trent does. 

In terms of experience, he is a World Cup winner and played a vital part in France storming that tournament, albeit with an amazing squad.

How can Klopp use Pavard? 

With Klopp travelling from Bayern’s rivals, Borrusia Dortmund, to come and manage in Merseyside, the style of the German league has obviously travelled with him.

His use of high press, fast break, and the high position possessive football would not be a strange format to Pavard. 

Looking at the current play style of Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann, it is evident how the full-back would be a great fit for the reds: 

The trust shown in his fullbacks to venture forward is exactly the format Klopp has introduced at Anfield and one that is adored by the fans and world football.

Naglesmann forces the shift of the backline across the field, and to move as unit at times, in order to allow the forward players to play between the lines, forcing the movement of the opposing teams, therefore creating space.

He also does this by forcing his fullbacks into the final 2/3rd of the pitch, to allow the delivery of the ball into the box, for the forwards. The trademark of £72million-rated Alexander-Arnold. 

In all, the similarities of the play style that Pavard and Trent have played in makes for a great backup as the adjustment period would be minimalised, creating better performances out of Pavard, and therefore better results for the Reds. 


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