Liverpool are among the clubs linked with David Alaba. According to a report in AS earlier this month, the defending Premier League champions are interested in signing the Bayern Munich star. Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Real Madrid are also claimed to be keen on the versatile 28-year-old.
Alaba is out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season, and no new deal is in place yet. Although there is still time for the two parties to come to an agreement over fresh terms, the Austria international will be able to sign a pre-contract with a club outside Germany in January.
Below are 10 interesting facts and stats about reported Liverpool target Alaba.
- Alaba has won the Bundesliga nine times and the Champions League twice with Bayern.
- Alaba has been named the Austrian Football of the Year six times.
- David Alaba was named in France Football World XI in 2015.
- In 2018-19, Alaba scored scored three goals and provided three assists in the Bundesliga.
- Alaba played with Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara at Bayern.
- According to CIES Football Observatory, Alaba is currently valued at €15-20m (£13.46-17.95m).
- Alaba scored a Panenka-style chipped penalty against Sweden in September 2015.
- Bayern scout Werner Kern described Alaba as “an exceptional talent with an excellent attitude”.
- Pep Guardiola described Alaba as “our God” during his managerial spell at Bayern.
- Alaba’s mother, Gina, was named Miss Philippines in the 1980s.
Would David Alaba be a good signing for Liverpool?
Alaba has established himself as one of the best left-backs in the world, but the Austrian is also adept at playing as a centre-back. In addition to that, the Bayern ace can operate in central midfield and at right and left wing. The ability to play in array of roles is a boon, and Liverpool would be a better team with Alaba in it.
Liverpool need a centre-back right now due to long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, and while it is unlikely that Bayern will sell Alaba in January despite the prospect of losing him on a free next summer, he would be a good long-term signing for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Not would only Alaba enhance Klopp’s options in central defence, but he would also provide strong competition for Andy Robertson at left-back and perhaps even displace the Scotland international from the starting lineup.
Signing a player of Alaba’s quality and experience on a free transfer next summer is a no-brainer for Liverpool.