Liverpool have retracted their interest in Bayern Munich defender David Alaba.
Alaba, whose contract at Bayern is up at the end of the current season, is free to negotiate with other teams.
Given Liverpool’s centre-back crisis, with Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all currently injured, Alaba would be a fantastic option.
It is reported by Melissa Reddy [Independent] that, infact, Liverpool never saw Alaba as a viable, number one target.
Liverpool considered Alaba to be much shorter and not aerially strong enough to be a starter.
Additionally, the fact that Alaba is an experienced and successful left-back is no longer key for Liverpool.
Due to signing of Kostas Tsimikas, Alaba’s ability to cover Andy Robertson if needed was no longer as important.
It is reported, as Liverpool don’t see Alaba as a centre-back or a left-back, he would be deployed as a centre-midfielder, a position that Liverpool don’t see as a priority.
What now for Alaba?
However, just because Liverpool have seemingly dropped their interest, doesn’t mean Alaba won’t depart Bayern.
Alaba joined Bayern in 2010, being promoted from Bayern Munich II.
In which time, he has made 263 appearances for the club. Collecting 22 major honours.
Also in the running for Alaba’s signature, Spanish champions Real Madrid are said to be interested.
A move to the Spanish capital is said to be Alaba’s preference. Potentially moving to Madrid to replace Sergio Ramos, whose contract also expires at the end of the season.