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Liverpool keen to address squad depth in key area this summer

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By Siddharth Juyal

Liverpool retain interest in Levi Colwill, with defensive reinforcements a priority

Neil Jones acknowledged the interest of Liverpool in Chelsea defender Levi Colwill, highlighting their focus on defensive reinforcement next summer. The Reds have leaked goals regularly this season, putting unnecessary pressure on them as they chased multiple titles this season.

Despite making several comebacks throughout this season, the defensive frailty has already cost them two competitions as their attack failed. Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League and the FA Cup in the last two months, ruining their hard work.

Since the beginning of the season, Liverpool have leaked early goals that allowed opponents to sit back and use counter-attacks. While the Reds managed to make numerous comebacks, their attack department has failed recently which proved very costly.

Chelsea defender Levi Colwill 'not for sale' amidst Liverpool interest.
Liverpool remain interested in Chelsea defender Levi Colwill. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

They also dropped four points in the Premier League recently despite dominating both games against Manchester United and Crystal Palace. They showed recurring themes of giving away easy goals due to poor individual lapses in concentration or complacent organization.

Writing on the exclusive blog in Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing, Jones highlighted Liverpool’s continuous interest in Colwill. He wrote:

“Their[Liverpool] interest in Levi Colwill is long-standing, and there were suggestions of a bid last summer before he signed his new contract at Chelsea. I don’t expect the Londoners to sell Colwill this time around, but if they did then I would expect Liverpool to be in the mix. Willian Pancho of Eintracht Frankfurt has also been linked, but I am not aware of anything concrete in that one. What I would say is that the player’s age, experience and potential certainly makes him an interesting prospect. I would be surprised if Liverpool do not sign a young centre-back this summer.”

Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk will be 33 years of age before the next season commences. Furthermore, Joel Matip’s contract expires at the end of the current season, leaving a massive gap in the senior squad.

Furthermore, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez have an unreliable injury record which puts Liverpool a constant risk. Jarell Quansah has proved his worth and secured his spot in the senior team but he is still developing.

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Colwill has already gained a good amount of senior-level experience at Chelsea despite their struggle in recent seasons. However, luring the 21-year-old away from Stamford Bridge is a near-impossible task for the Reds, given the rivalry among other factors.

Nevertheless, Liverpool needs defensive reinforcement to not just replace the ageing players but to improve defensively as well. The club’s decision on Jurgen Klopp’s successor will determine the status of all these names, which are currently mere speculations.