Liverpool move closer to capture Ezequiel Garay

Liverpool are set to secure the services of former Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay in a free transfer this summer.

According to El Gol digital, Ezequiel Garay has emerged as an option for Liverpool, with the Premier League giants already at an advanced stage of negotiations over a possible move to Anfield this summer. The defender is currently a free agent, which means he will arrive at the club for free as soon as the current campaign ends.

Released by Valencia last summer as part of the club’s overhaul amid the effects of COVID-19, Garay was linked with a move to Anfield earlier this summer, when Liverpool sought a emergency option to repair their wounds in the defensive unit.

The Reds, however, ended up signing Ozan Kabak on a loan deal from FC Schalke while Ben Davies was roped up from Preston North End.

Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp, his injury crisis continued, with Jordan Henderson suffering long-term injuries, joining players like Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk on the sidelines. This has forced the Liverpool boss to continue to rely on the services of inexperienced defensive outlets like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

epaselect epa04798232 Argentina's Ezequiel Garay (L) fights for the ball with Nelson Valdez of Paraguay during the 2015 Copa America Group B soccer match between Argentina and Paraguay, at Estadio La Portada de La Serena in La Serena , Chile, June 13, 2015. EPA / JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS

Garay brings a lot of experience. (Photo by EPA / JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS)

At Garay, Liverpool could find themselves a seasoned veteran, with extensive experience at the top of football, after spells at Valencia, Benfica and Real Madrid. He has racked up a total of over 200 La Liga appearances while participating in 136 competitive appearances for SL Benfica. In addition, the 34-year-old has won 32 caps for the Argentina national team.

A leader born in the defensive third of the field, Garay should provide that leadership and motivation in the absence of van Dijk. His experience at the highest level of football should also help Liverpool do better against top clubs as well as in tough competitions like the UEFA Champions League.

It’s also fair to point out that Liverpool have yet to sign Kabak on a permanent basis. The future of the defender is still uncertain, so the arrival of someone like Garay could add depth to the defensive unit, while still allowing the Reds to freely spot a quality defender who can afford as long-term perspective at the heart of the four. human backline.

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Klopp reportedly prioritized summer move for Ibrahima Konate, although in all fairness it’s Kalidou Koulibaly the club should be looking at if they want another ‘monster of mindset’ to complete van Dijk in the heart of the backline.

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