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5 centre-backs Liverpool should consider signing this January

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15.14K   //    17 Oct 2017, 10:59 IST

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Jurgen Klopp's side are in dire need of defensive reinforcements

The start to this season has witnessed familiar issues at Liverpool. Hard to stop when going forward while equally sloppy at the back. This trait has stagnated the early season promise shown, with only one win in 8 matches in all competitions.

It's no secret that Liverpool have a great attacking unit, with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah all performing well. However, frailties at the back have been evident during the last couple of games, with the Reds losing ground both domestically and in Europe.

Failure to sign preferred target Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and more importantly, lack of alternatives was astonishing for a club like Liverpool.

Dipping back into the market is imperative for the Reds and their hopes for a silverware this season. We look at 5 central defenders Liverpool should consider signing this January.

#5 Yeray Alvarez (Athletic Bilbao)

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The 22-year old Spaniard has been extremely impressive for Athletic Bilbao

With Aymeric Laporte the usual highlight in the Bilbao backline, Alvarez only burst onto the scene last season and cemented his place in the side with a series of strong performances, which has given us quite an impression of this talented youngster.

Diagnosed with testicular cancer mid-season, he remarkably returned to the side before the end of the season. Currently sidelined after a relapse of the cancer, he has been missed as Bilbao have struggled at the back.

A player boasting speed and strength, he would be an upgrade on the centre-back options currently available at Anfield. Alvarez has the composure and calmness on the ball that allows him to play from the back, with precise diagonal balls from the back being a feature of his game, a quality Klopp admires in his defenders.

Valued at €30 million by the Basque club, Alvarez is only 22 and could be a mainstay in the Reds backline for years to come.

Linked with a move to Barcelona during last season, the player himself dismissed the rumours stating it as a joke. He is certainly a player Liverpool should look into, and is capable of becoming the future of their defence.

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