Liverpool tipped to repeat Thiago Alcantara transfer move to solve "big need"

Liverpool could go shopping at Bayern Munich for the second time in a year to land defender David Alaba, according to one of the German club's former players.

The Reds completed a long-awaited move for Thiago Alcantara back in September, with the Spanish midfielder bringing an end to his trophy-laden spell in Bavaria which featured seven Bundesliga titles in seven seasons.

The former Barcelona star has had an injury and coronavirus-disrupted start to his Liverpool career, but the 29-year-old's quality has been clear to see in his displays against both Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League.

And now he could be joined by Alaba in the wake of the injury to Virgil van Dijk, according to ex-Bayern midfielder Mario Basler.

Basler spent three years at Bayern and scored their goal in the 1999 Champions League final against Manchester United, which United famously went on to win 2-1.

He feels that Alaba – who is into the last year of his contract at Bayern and showing little sign of extending what has been a 10-year stay – would be a perfect addition for the Reds.

“The story with Alaba should really end with him going away,” Basler told Sport1-Fantalk.

“Maybe he’ll go to Liverpool. They have big problems with the injury to Van Dijk and the cruciate ligament rupture.

“He’s supposed to be out for a long time, and I think there’s a big need (to strengthen) in the central defender position.”

Alaba, 28, has nine Bundesliga titles to his name and has amassed almost 400 appearances for Bayern during his time at the club.

Although previously at home as a left-back, he has also established himself in the centre of defence in recent years, and might well be a perfect addition for the Reds in the wake of the unfortunate loss of Van Dijk.

The Austrian would be available on a free transfer in the summer, but could be persuaded to join a new club for a nominal fee in January.

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