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Confirmed: Liverpool defender signs new contract, leaves for Spain on a temporary basis

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Anderson Arroyo signs Liverpool contract extension, completes loan move to Alaves

Anderson Arroyo has extended his contract with Liverpool and the 22-year-old has subsequently joined Alaves on loan, via Liverpool Echo. The Colombian is set to play in the Spanish second division once again.

Arroyo was on loan at CD Mirandes last season, who also play in La Liga 2, and impressed in his time at the club. Now, Alaves have decided to get in the 22-year-old as they fight for promotion to the first division.

The Colombian joined Liverpool in 2018 but hasn’t featured for the club. Instead, Arroyo has been sent out on multiple loan spells to sides like Real Mallorca, KAA Gent, FK Mlada Boleslav, and Salamanca CF.

Anderson Arroyo is set to be on loan at Alaves next season.
Anderson Arroyo is set to be on loan at Alaves next season. (Image: Official LFC website)

Liverpool have a strong defence

The Reds have a strong backline already, with Virgil van Dijk being the main man in the defence. The Dutch national has turned around our fortunes ever since signing in 2018 from Southampton.

The 31-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world. Van Dijk’s absence is felt whenever he doesn’t feature in the side.

Alongside Joel Matip last season, the Holland captain boasts one of the best defensive partnerships in the Premier League. Our home record in the previous league campaign was impeccable. The team didn’t lose a single game and conceded just nine goals.

Matip and Van Dijk were solid for Liverpool last season.
Matip and Van Dijk were solid for Liverpool last season. (Shaun Brooks)

Matip has also played an important role, with last season being one of his best since arriving in 2016. The Cameroon international played the majority of games alongside Van Dijk.

Ibrahima Konate has come in from RB Leipzig and has gone from strength to strength every passing game. While featuring in only 11 league games, the 23-year-old played a big part in our Champions League run, being rewarded with a start in the final.

Joe Gomez has had an injury-ridden time with the Reds, but hopefully, it seems to have passed him by as the versatile defender was fit last season. Even though most of his time was spent on the bench, the 25-year-old is an important part of the squad.

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The Colombian U23 is going to continue plying his trade in Spain for the time being as Jurgen Klopp’s team looks set in terms of defensive options going into the next campaign.