It has been a largely quiet transfer window for Liverpool this winter.
It seems Jurgen Klopp and co. are happy with the current squad of players, despite some concerns around defensive cover.
The Reds have done winter business in the last two editions, with Luis Diaz arriving in January 2022 and Cody Gakpo being purchased in the winter of 2023.
However, Liverpool have been doing their due diligence on a host of targets, with a lot of focus being put on defenders.
Graeme Bailey for Rousing the Kop has reported that the Anfield club have stepped up scouting efforts on Bayer Leverkusen’s Piero Hincapie.
What was said on Liverpool and Piero Hincapie?
Hincapie has long since been linked with a switch to Merseyside, with links dating back to last summer.
On Liverpool’s interest in the Ecuadorian defender, Bailey said:
“They do want a centre-half, ideally a left sider and there are some good ones out there,” began Bailey.
“That doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t go for a [Ousmane] Diomande or a [Antonio] Silva, but I think the likes of [Goncalo] Inacio and Hincapie would be more of a priority, would be an easier fit.”
“We know Liverpool watched Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend.”
“Hincapie had a particularly good game, scoring the winner as well.”
“He is someone that can cover the left side.”
“Inacio and Hincapie are the two standouts at the moment, both attainable. They’re the two to watch.”
“They’re relatively, not cheap but Inacio has a clause, I think both are attainable for a price that would be within their realms, in terms of what they’re willing to pay.”
Liverpool need a central defender
It’s no secret that Liverpool could use another centre-back.
Virgil van Dijk is not getting any younger at 32, while Joel Matip could be leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Jarell Quansah’s emergence is likely the reason why Jurgen Klopp did not dip into the transfer window this month.
Hincapie found himself out of favour with Xabi Alonso earlier in the season.
However, the Ecuadorian has fought his way back into the starting eleven and scored the winner against RB Leipzig this past weekend.
He has managed 19 appearances across all competitions, contributing with one goal and one assists.
Hincapie’s current contract expires in 2027.
Meanwhile, the aforementioned Goncalo Inacio is another defender eyed by the Anfield club.
The Portugal international reportedly rejected advances from Newcastle United recently.
Inacio is said to be rather holding out from an offer from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, or Real Madrid.
It will be very interesting to see the summer transfer plan for the summer, especially if Klopp gets some financial backing off the back of this successful season.