Liverpool defender could be set for summer exit amid centre-back search – report. According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool could be on the verge of losing Luke Chambers on loan to the German Bundesliga.
The publication cites interest from Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen ahead of the 2023/24 season, with a temporary move away more likely given the competition he’ll face in Merseyside.
The 19-year-old signed a new contract in May and is still highly valued at Anfield, though minutes are likely to be limited as Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson compete for a starting spot.
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What does Luke Chambers’ future hold?
When it comes to the prospect of wearing the famous red shirt on a more regular basis for the senior team, players like Bobby Firmino, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Thiago Alcantara, and, more recently, Dominik Szoboszlai have all had positive experiences in the Bundesliga.
Finally, it’s the ideal opportunity for Alonso, a trusted former member of the club, to provide the Liverpool youngster with experience and minutes in the legs.
While another radical tactical shift is possible in the near future, the current reality dictates that a left-back capable of tucking in as a left-sided centre-back when the Reds are in possession will thrive in a Jurgen Klopp team.
It will be difficult for Chambers to demonstrate such versatility with Leverkusen, but if he can demonstrate some tactical awareness during his time in Germany’s top flight, it could go a long way towards assuring Jurgen Klopp that he’s the man to take over after Andy Robertson in the long run.
Given the quality of the Scotland international, that’s a huge ask for any fullback, but it’s his clearest ticket into our first-team plans in the future.
Given that there are still serious doubts about the former Hull City man’s ability to meet the demands of the role in question, there’s no telling when an opening will arise.
Liverpool’s backline needs a lot of work.
Liverpool have made it clear that they will look to sign at least one centre-back this summer, preferably a left-footed one.
However, given the magnitude of the issues that the upcoming season threatens to expose, one might wonder if Liverpool is playing it too safe by pursuing a fourth or fifth-choice option to make up the numbers.
We’re extremely well-stocked for right-sided centre-backs, but we can’t ignore the position while Konate, Matip, and Gomez continue to be injured on a regular basis.
Given the new demands placed on the spot as a result of Trent’s new marauding role, Virgil van Dijk’s defensive partner must be capable of effectively completing two jobs at the same time.
There isn’t much competition for the Dutchman to start at left-sided center-back, but one can ask how the team plans to persuade a quality signing to join and serve as a backup to the league’s most gifted center-half.
The challenges before us scream mission impossible to Liverpool’s decision-makers, but this should not cause them to take no action at all or even only minimal effort.
Liverpool may decide to take another chance this summer after potentially signing three midfielders, while putting their hands up and blaming their financial situation. By the winter window, though, they might find themselves in trouble once more with critics blaming a totally other department.