For the third time, Liverpool might use a quick move to bring in the perfect $51 million signing for Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool is interested in Chelsea’s Levi Colwill this summer, but a deal looks unlikely. If he does remain at Stamford Bridge, the Reds could chase Gonçalo Inácio.

With the addition of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai to improve Liverpool’s engine room, Jürgen Klopp has strengthened his weakest area thus far this summer. The German had a serious need for midfield reinforcements before the new season, and he has definitely taken care of that issue.

It is unclear what the Reds’ plans are for the future, but Klopp is still interested in Chelsea’s Levi Colwill, who recently assisted England in winning the Under-21 European Championships with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. The Blues center-back is still only 20 years old, which is why it might be challenging to get his signature in the upcoming weeks.

Chelsea wants to keep Colwill this summer, which is understandable considering his status as a homegrown player, his age, and what he might develop into when his prime years approach. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konaté, and Jol Matip all prefer using their right foot, leaving Liverpool without a single left-footed center-back.

Colwill is one of the few left-handed players available who meets many of Klopp’s requirements. He’s powerful in the air, physical, and outstanding in possession, and he might be the ideal choice for the Reds’ new 3-2-5 formation, which has been used at Anfield since the beginning of April. The Reds need a wide center-back on the left side of the defense to maintain balance.

Inácio

Pep Guardiola has Aymeric Laporte and Nathan Aké as left-footed central defenders at the Etihad Stadium. Erik ten Hag has Lisandro Martnez at Manchester United, while Mikel Arteta has Gabriel Magalhes and Jakub Kiwior at Arsenal. Sven Botman, who joined Newcastle United a year ago, and the recently-agreed-upon transfer of Pau Torres from Villarreal to Aston Villa

Colwill would be Liverpool’s best option for filling the glaring gap, but if he’s not available this summer, Gonçalo Inácio would be the player to pursue. The Reds are aware of him and are considering him, per Spanish outlet AS. Although the Portuguese defender is only 21 years old, he has already made a name for himself as one of the top players in his country.

After Porto midfielder Otávio, who was once linked with a move to Anfield (via the ECHO), the Lisbon-based prodigy finished second overall in the Portuguese Primeira Liga for progressive passes last season. By a significant margin, Inácio emerged as the top defensive player with a total of 238.

Those stats give us an idea of his playing style because, like Colwill, he is highly at ease and cool under pressure. Inácio complies with Liverpool’s left-footed requirements and seems to possess the abilities to fill Andy Robertson’s recent position as a left-back who occasionally also has to play as a center-back.

Klopp

Even more intriguing is the inclusion of a release provision in Inácio’s contract. Liverpool has already taken advantage of that useful ‘loophole’ twice this summer, acquiring Mac Allister and Szoboszlai thanks to release clauses in their contracts.

According to the Portuguese news source Jornal de Noticias, Inácio’s clause is worth $51 million (£40 million/€45 million), which seems like a fair sum in the competitive market of today. The Reds are unlikely to use it unless Colwill gives his possible suitors a resolution over his future, but it is a price that would finally fill Klopp’s left-footed gap.

Overall, it’s unclear who Liverpool will seek before the transfer season closes, but Inácio appears to be a good backup option in case Klopp is unable to get Colwill.

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