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‘Alaba prefers Spain over Liverpool’ – Hamann doesn’t see Bayern Munich selling Austrian in January

The former Reds midfielder isn’t convinced Jurgen Klopp needs to sign a defender in the next window, with major goals out of reach.

David Alaba would rather go to Spain rather than Liverpool once the day comes for him to go Bayern Munich, says Dietmar Hamann, with little chance the Reds could land one of their main defensive targets in January.

Jurgen Klopp continues to explore all of his options ahead of another winter transfer window opening up.

The reigning Premier League champions saw their ranks wiped out by injury in 2020-21, with tactical tinkering becoming the order of the day at Anfield.

Much of that reshuffle took place at the back, with characters like Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip taking on untimely spells on the treatment table.

With so much experience on the sidelines, it has been suggested that Liverpool will look to provide reinforcements at the next opportunity.

Versatile Austria international Alaba, which continues to perform its free agency contract, has saw a move to Merseyside being considered.

The 28-year-old, however, would also be interesting for the league giants Barcelona and real Madrid, which means he might be out of Klopp’s reach.

Hamann expects this to be the case, with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano set to be another center-half option that won’t hit the market until summer 2021 at the earliest.

Discuss Liverpool’s links to Alaba with Astro Stadiumthe former Reds and Bayern Hamann midfielder said: “I think his favorite destination has always been Spain. I don’t know if he wants to go to the Premier League and come to Liverpool.

“It comes as no surprise that Liverpool are interested as Alaba has probably been one of the best center-backs – after Van Dijk – over the past 12-18 months. I just don’t see Bayern Munich letting him go in January.

“Leipzig’s Upamecano, who is absolutely formidable at the back, Leipzig won’t let him go.

“I don’t think there’s any chance they’ll get a center-back who will improve them over the next six weeks or years.

Hamann added on Upamecano and the big recruiting calls Liverpool are facing: “I think he has a clause this summer. These clubs will not sell.

“He [Klopp] needs to see what he can get in january. You look at players who are not Champions League, maybe a little lower, and I’m not sure that’s the type of player Liverpool need to improve on.

“If you have to face Fabinho and Matip, yes he hasn’t stayed in shape, but maybe you get eight or 10 games from him. [Jordan] Henderson can replace. Fabinho is barely injured. I would stay put for now.

“If there is an opportunity it has to be thought about of course, but I don’t see any of the top clubs letting their best players go in January. I think it is unlikely that they will buy one.

Liverpool have returned to the top of the Premier League table this season, but now Manchester United breathe in the neck and are aware of the need to have no flaws in their armor as they pursue back-to-back title triumphs.

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