At the Allianz Arena, the versatile Austrian has seen contract talks break down , meaning that suitors could look at the January window to snap him up.
For Liverpool, David Alaba would be the “best option” if they look for a short-term solution in the January transfer window in the center half, says Danny Murphy.
When it comes to strengthening in the winter, the Reds continue to mull over their options. For several months, Virgil van Dijk was ruled out with knee ligament damage, leaving a considerable void at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s back four.
Various candidates were asked to provide cover for the international Netherlands, all staking their claims to a regular role with Joel Matip, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
However, it could be that at the very highest level, more cash is invested in a proven performer. For the reigning Premier League champions, Alaba, who saw contract talks break down at Bayern Munich, would fit the mould.
Former Reds midfielder Murphy told Stadium Astro, “He absolutely fits in in terms of his ability.” He’s an awesome player.
From the perspective of Jurgen Klopp, I suppose what you would have to look at is the balance of the squad moving forward when everyone is fit. Or just look at it in the short term and get the best possible option, which would be him.
“I would have liked to do it. You can’t have good enough players. He would certainly add quality and strength in depth, I believe, but there will be a lot of interested people and a lot of Alaba takers.
“He’s a terrific player,” the former Reds goalkeeper said. “Liverpool would, of course, want him. If he was available, I think the top six English clubs would want him, but it’s what you do once you’ve got him.
Because you end up pushing someone further down the line, these short-term fixes have long-term consequences. You’re not going to sign it for two minutes, you’re going to sign it for a long time, and it fits into the Liverpool plan.
“One thing that Liverpool has been good at is recruitment since Klopp took over, so if they didn’t think about him before he wanted to move on, then even if he became available, he wouldn’t be one of their targets.”