Liverpool were keeping tabs on the performance of Goncalo Inacio during Portugal’s 5-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in the 2024 European Championship qualifier this week.
The Merseyside giants currently have Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez as their central defensive options.
Van Dijk and Matip are both 32 years old and manager Jurgen Klopp may want to rebuild his backline next year.
According to O Jogo (page 13), Liverpool were keeping a close eye on Inacio during Portugal’s victory over Bosnia on the road.
The centre-back delivered a fine assist for Bruno Fernandes and Klopp is reportedly an admirer of his passing ability.
Inacio could be the next big star to leave Sporting. The defender has a €60 million release clause in his contract signed in August.
Inacio would be a top-class signing for Liverpool
Liverpool saw a major rebuild of their midfield department last summer with the departures of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
They compensated for the same by signing Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endu and Ryan Gravenberch – the latter arrived on deadline day from Bayern Munich.
We could see something similar happening in the central defensive department next year. Van Dijk and Matip are no longer in their prime and could be shown the exit door.
Inacio would be a top-class acquisition for Liverpool. He is a strong ball-playing defender who likes to clear his lines. He is also gifted with the ability to make regular ball recoveries.
The Portuguese could also bring a different dimension to the Reds’ backline. He is a left-footed centre-back, something they have lacked under Klopp over the years.
Aside from Inacio, the Reds have also been linked with his compatriot and Benfica star Antonio Silva. We won’t be surprised if the club look to sign both players at the end of the season.
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