With less than two weeks left in the transfer window, most Liverpool fans have admitted defeat in their dreams of a new centre-back addition this January. With Jurgen Klopp being very clear that a signing in the current circumstances is very unlikely.
“Would one centre-half help and sort all our problems? For a game or two and then he could be injured as well. We have to deal with it and we cannot solve it on the transfer market.”– Jurgen Klopp
Nonetheless, many supporters still believe that a loan deal for a defender can happen, and that is where Real Madrid centre-back Eder Militao comes into play. It has been reported that the Brazil international could be on his way out of La Liga on a short term deal to the club willing to pay his £3.6 million loan fee.
But today we take a look at the reasons why this is not a good idea, and despite what many fans think, why a desperate addition will probably end up having a negative impact.
First let’s get one thing straight. Liverpool have defenders, in fact, this 2020/21 season the Reds have explored with both Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams. Phillips is 23-years old, same age as Eder Militao, while Williams is 19-years old and still more or less a raw academy product.
Both defenders have given average performances as expected, and although they have impressed to a certain point considering they either spent most time training at the academy, or on loan at a different club. But Liverpool’s issue is not on lacking a defender, what they are lacking is a top centre-back that can make an immediate impact on Klopp’s side, someone that he can rely on to partner up next to Joel Matip without having to worry about clumsy mistakes, or showing inexperience.
Luckily, Eder Militao had plenty of experience at his time at Porto, in fact he was considered one of the best defenders in the Primeira Liga having played more than 47 matches in the 18/19 season alone. (via Transfermarkt)Embed from Getty Images
But at Real Madrid Militao has not been able to prove his worth. After making a move for more than £44M his first season was filled with average performances that were never up to standard, and in the current 20/21 season he’s barely played at all for the Merengues; 2 matches in La Liga and only one match in the Champions League. In fact, he has not featured at all since October 31st. Liverpool would be taking a huge risk in a player that hasn’t been involved in an actual football match since last year.
As we know, usually loan deals tend to be very flexible in regards to player wages. The club that loans a player could either pay his full weekly wages, or both clubs could even decide to split the payments of the individual. In Militao’s case, he earns £138,000-a-week, that is more than Joe Gomez (£75,000), Joel Matip (£100,000), Fabinho (£85,000), and of course Nathaniel Phillips (£5,000), or at least this is what most calculations show online. (Sportekz)
*Nat Phillips wages are hard to find as many outlets have this value wrong, but we are estimating his wage compared to Jones, Williams, and other first team youngsters.
It goes without saying that Real Madrid will try their best to get any club interested to pay his full wages, and if we were to agree on that, he would immediately become Liverpool’s second highest paid centre-back, and even if they decide to split it, it will still be a substantial weekly payment for a loan addition.
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How many players have looked very promising in one of Europe’s top leagues, but once they make the move to England suddenly they struggle. Of course, that is not everyone’s case, but considering that Militao hasn’t made a huge impact in La Liga, or in any competition that Real Madrid have played in, it is very unlikely that a sudden move to the Premier League will spark his talent. Angel Di Maria, Juan Cuadrado, Memphis Depay, Alvaro Morata, William Saliba, Jerome Boateng, and even Liverpool outcast Iago Aspas have been part of this.
Jurgen Klopp’s Tendency to Wait For New Players to Settle Down
Here is one of the main things that we should all consider a crucial factor into why bringing him to Anfield it is not a good idea. That is Jurgen Klopp’s tendency to to wait for players to fully adjust into the team tactics, style of play, and teammates before giving them actual playing time.
We have seen this many times, and all of those have proven to be successful decisions by the German manager. Although, it is something that many fans are not in favor of, most of us already expect that when a new addition to the team arrives. The likes of Andrew Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, and even Takumi Minamino have been part of this tendency from the German manager.
That being said, if Eder Militao was to come to Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp will most likely keep the Brazilian away from the starting lineup until he fully adapts to his style, physicality, pressing, and more.
“Sometimes players arrive here, everybody is talking about the big money signing and then they need time. For me, I feel absolutely no rush in that. It’s just all these different pieces in a football game have to fit together and just bringing the best player in the world into a very good team doesn’t mean it will work together immediately.”– Jurgen Klopp
Incoming Summer Addition
To finish off, it has now been reported by most local journalists that the Reds will buy a centre-back in the summer, someone that not only can patch things up, but also someone that can be viewed as a long term addition to Klopp’s plans. Many players have been linked with the current Premier League Champions, names like Dayot Upamecano, Sven Botman, Ibrahima Konaté, Ben White, and many more.
Big names that will definitely not come cheap, and a loan addition or a loan with an option/obligation to buy will only complicate the summer plans, financially and tactically.
Liverpool have their top four centre-backs chosen, they are just looking for one final addition, and bringing Militao will just compromise those plans. It wouldn’t make sense to bring a player on loan, get him back on form, adjust him to the league and style of play, just for him to leave in the summer.
Anyways, only time will tell.