I once jokingly told a Liverpool fan they meant to sign Calum Chambers from Arsenal, and not Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain last summer. I felt the Reds should have bought a defender, whilst the signing of Oxlade-Chamberlain was not necessary. And for £40 million, it was a stupid deal as far as I am concerned.
Calum Chambers might not be a World Class centre-back, but in my opinion, Liverpool should have signed the former Southampton player if they MUST sign a former Southampton player from Arsenal. But jokes aside, Liverpool could desperately do with the signing of a defender. And they have been linked with the signing of quite a few defenders.
Although the Reds have many centre-backs, they seriously lack quality. Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan in particular have faltered to deceive in key matches this season. Hence it is no surprise that Jurgen Klopp wants to sign another defender. According to reports, Liverpool have already started making approaches for their key targets ahead of the opening of the January transfer window.
One of the players the club is said to have made an approach for is Benfica defender Francisco Ferreira, who is otherwise known as Ferro. This much has been confirmed by Ulisses Santos, the player’s agent:
“I can’t deny that Liverpool was one of the clubs that approached me and, as well, Benfica, Ferro and myself, we understand it’s not to be the moment.” Santos told Portuguese paper A Bola.
According to the report, Liverpool have been tracking the player for over a year now and Jurgen Klopp is a massive fan of his. Though oddly, Ferro is still a Benfica B player which makes one wonder what Klopp might have seen in him to think he will be a useful player for Liverpool’s first team. Surely if the player is not good enough to play in Benfica’s first team, he can’t be good enough to play for a Premier League team? But of course, I am not a scout and Klopp surely knows more than I do…