Why Fabian Schär is the defender the Reds must sign in January

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The highly rated centre-back would fit the mould perfectly at Anfield, writes Sam May.

Schär, 24, has been in impressive form for the unbeaten Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. He would be prefect replacement for the out of favour Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Llori, who have both yet to make an appearance under Jürgen Klopp this season.

The Swiss defender is available for a cut price £9million and would give the Reds an extra option at the back. Liverpool currently have 30-year-old Ragnar Klavan, who was signed for £4.2 million from Augsburg in the summer as back up.

Klopp needs a quick and aggressive defender, and Schär, certainly fits the bill. Splashing out on big name players isn’t always the answer these days, and to get the right player the scouts need to scour the globe and look for the quality and right attributes to compliment the team, rather than reputation.

The established Schär, who spent three years playing for FC Basel, made the move to Hoffenheim in 2015 but has a lot of experience, having featured in the Europa League, Champions League and World Cup. He has previously demonstrated his qualities against the Reds back in 2014 in Basel’s 1-1 draw at Anfield, helping them to the last 16 of the Champions League.

A potential to become one of the best in the Premier League if given the opportunity, there is no doubt, he would certainly benefit under the guidance of Klopp.

Hoffenheim are unwilling to sell the defender in January, so the Reds might have to wait until the summer to land the talented player. However, if a large sum is put on the table then the German side may wish to accept. Liverpool scouts were also in attendance to watch him in Switzerland’s recent World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

A replacement for Sakho and Llori is needed and the Reds should make a move for the experienced Schär, a defender who is playing at the highest level of his game.

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