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Rumour Mongering: Liverpool Enquire About Upamecano Availability

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As the story goes, the Reds are interested but RB Leipzig won’t be selling Dayot Upamecano mid-season.

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Liverpool have injury issues at centre half. Just in case you hadn’t noticed. Increasingly, though, it appears the club are set to stick with a makeshift backline until the offseason. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t have considered their options.

Options like Dayot Upamecano, RB Leipzig’s rising star 22-year-old, who The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano says clubs including Liverpool have been enquiring about—only to be told that there’s no way Leipzig will sell the young Frenchman mid-season.

Once the season ends, though, it will be open season on Upamecano, with the player having a €42M—or about £37M—that kicks in this summer. Liverpool, along with Chelsea, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich, are said to be his main suitors.

If the Reds are confident in landing him, Upamecano does seem the type of talent worth waiting for, and given his importance to Leipzig it’s easy to understand why that club would choose to hold on to him even if they might get more to sell in January.

Still, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined—likely for the season—and Joël Matip unable to stay fit, it’s hard to see a realistic path to silverware in the league and Champions League for the Reds without defensive reinforcements this month.