The Reds have been dealt a massive blow with Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk likely to miss the rest of the 2020-21 season after rupturing his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during weekend’s Merseyside derby.
They currently have the trio of Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and defensive midfielder Fabinho as their only centre-back options, and landing another defender in the winter is pertinent.
Upamecano was the defender Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp identified ahead of the summer transfer window as a replacement for Dejan Lovren, but a move couldn’t work out, with the coronavirus pandemic affecting their plans and budget.
He had just one year remaining on his contract and a reported release clause of £52 million heading into this summer, but has since signed a new three-year deal and he won’t be leaving the Bundesliga side on a cheap.
If Liverpool will be keen to break the bank for Upamecano’s signature in January remains to be seen, but they could do with such a quality defender for the second half of the campaign and going forward.
He is already arguably the best centre-back under the age of 25, and he has the potential to become the best in the position in a few years from now.
Having him alongside Van Dijk will make the Reds’ defence the best on the planet given their combined qualities, and landing such a player will be another huge statement of intent.
Liverpool hero Jamie Carragher reckons the Frenchman would be a valuable addition to the squad in January, and it will be fascinating to see who they add to their defence midway through the campaign.