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Liverpool’s hopes of signing Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig in the summer appear to have suffered a severe blow, after it was reported that Bayern Munich had struck a deal for the French international.
The central has established itself as one of the hottest young properties in Europe during his time with Die Roten Bullen and it always seemed likely that he would leave at the end of this season, due to a release clause on his contract with Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
Liverpool was one of several Premier League teams to be linked with a move for the 22-year-old, but now it looks like he will stay in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich after sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmd signing earlier this week.
Losing Upamecano is a blow?
It was a big part of Leipzig reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last season and produced some memorable displays in that competition, earning it the to congratulate de Rio Ferdinand after his great performance in the 2-1 victory against Atlético de Madrid.
The former Manchester United man said:
“Upamecano was the best player tonight, he was formidable on the field.”
He also suggested that the French defender “mistreated” Diego Costa, which is certainly not an easy task.
So far this season, the young center-back has been excellent for Leipzig, averaging a solid 6.94 rating in 19 Bundesliga games, helping Nagelsmann’s team to 10 clean sheets In the top-flight games he has appeared in, only six other players have scored a higher average match rating than Upamecano among their teammates.
So with Liverpool’s defense lacking depth this season, the 22-year-old would surely have proven to be an excellent addition to Klopp’s squad in the summer, and losing him will likely be a source of frustration for the German manager.
Especially when you consider that the Reds had to fight the deadline for a couple of new center-back additions.
And, in other news… the LFC beast was an extreme waste against Leicester; lost possession 45 times