It has been a quiet January transfer window for Liverpool this month, despite some noise around a potential defensive signing.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is presumably happy with the current squad going forward.
While there are no glaring gaps in his side, many believe some defensive cover could be beneficial to the Reds.
The Mirror have now reported that Liverpool have placed Crystal Palace man Marc Guéhi at the top of their transfer wishlist.
They claim that the Anfield club were examining options to replace Joel Matip before he suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate rupture late last year.
The 33-year-old defender is out of contract in the summer, but Jurgen Klopp has since hinted that he expects the club to ‘do the right thing’ regarding a possible contract extension for Matip.
Liverpool want Marc Guéhi
The Reds lead the way for having the least amount of goals conceded in the Premier League this season.
Klopp’s men have let in 18 goals in 21 games, ahead of Arsenal with 20 and Manchester City with 23.
The revelation that has been Jarell Quansah and Joe Gomez’s selfless shifts in all sorts of positions have no doubt contributed to this record, as has Virgil van Dijk – who seems back to the levels he showed during the 2018/19 season.
Nonetheless, the report claims that Marc Guéhi is the player that Liverpool like.
This is due to him being Premier League proven and boasting international experience with England under manager Gareth Southgate.
The Crystal Palace man has racked up nine caps after making his debut in March of 2022.
However (and predictably), the Anfield club are expected to wait until the summer before seriously exploring a deal for the 23-year-old.
The London club will reportedly be unwilling to part ways with such a key player in the middle of the season.
This stance is especially rigid as Palace’s Premier League survival is not secured at this stage of the season.
Only a ‘silly-money offer’ would cause Palace to change their mind, but it’s not like Liverpool to pay huge transfer fees for players.
Guéhi playing style
Guéhi describes himself as “strong, comfortable on the ball and hopefully growing to be a leader one day.”
An excerpt from Crystal Palace’s assessment on their player reads:
“On the pitch, Guéhi is assertive and vocal, often heard organising his teammates with confidence.”
“This confidence is reflected in his willingness to drive out from the back and distribute possession from relatively high up the pitch.”
His ability to bring the ball out the back is reflected in his underlying statistics.
According to Fbref, Guéhi ranks in the 86th percentile for successful take-ons.
This means that the England international is comfortable with bringing the ball out of the back, and even excels at it.
The 23-year-old is tenacious in the tackle and is not short of pace as well.
He seems to have everything needed of a modern centre-back, and perhaps that is why Jurgen Klopp and co. are keen on him.