Ever since Virgil Van Dijk picked up a long term injury back in the Merseyside Derby in October, it’s been clear Liverpool had centre-back worries.
These worries only got worse when it was revealed that Joe Gomez would also spend the remainder of the season on the side lines due to a knee injury sustained on England duty.
These injuries left Liverpool with only Joel Matip available, and he himself has a shocking injury record, meaning youth prospects like Rhys Williams and Nathanial Phillips have had to drop into the defence, with even Jordan Henderson filling in at the back.
As January has come around, there has been lots of shouts for the Reds to dive head first into the market and sign a big name player to fix the defensive woes.
Instead of signing a big name though, it may make more sense for the Reds to go for someone like David Carmo, a raw talent who Jurgen Klopp could turn into a world-class player.Embed from Getty Images
But why Carmo?
Klopp has a good track record in turning players into world-class talent, with the likes of Mohammed Salah, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels all flourishing under his guidance.
Carmo is a 21 year-old Portuguese centre-back who plays for Braga in his homeland. The youngster looks like a quality defender who has the potential to grow into a ball-playing role, meaning he could be a perfect fit at Anfield.
How does he compare?
This season, Carmo has been completing 1.8 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game in the league.
While he was fit, Virgil Van Dijk, completed 0.6 tackles and 1 interception per game this season.
What should be taken into account however is that Carmo plays in a much weaker team and league, meaning he faces lower quality opposition who could be easier to tackle.
This is shown in the Europa league where his tackles drop to 0.8 per game but his interceptions rise to 1.8.Embed from Getty Images
Could he make the step to the Premier League?
We have seen defenders make the step up in quality to the Premier League with ease aswell.
Ruben Dias arrived at Manchester City for £60 million in the summer and has looked world-class ever since.
Grant it Carmo doesn’t have the same experience as Dias but either way his presence could make a difference at Anfield.
Rhys Williams has come under pressure recently, following a string of poor form, capped by the game against Manchester United in the FA Cup, and Carmo would definitely be an upgrade on both him and Nathaniel Phillips.
How much would he cost?
Carmo has a valuation of just £7.65 million according to transfermarkt. However, it is likely that Braga would like to hold out for more like £20 million.
Should Liverpool look for a long term solution this window, they should be looking for someone like Carmo.
He is primed to hit his peak as Van Dijk will start to slow down, meaning Liverpool may feel the loss of the Dutchman a bit less with Carmo around.
Ultimatly, the singing of the Portuguese defender depends on the transfer strategy Liverpool will go for this window.
If the Reds wanted to make a smart investment in the future of the club, Carmo should be their guy.
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