Liverpool stand to acquire defender, Ezequiel Garay
Liverpool have been reportedly offered former Real Madrid defender Ezequiel Garay as a stop-gap solution for the ongoing injury crisis faced by the club.
The Premier League champions, however, face competition from Spanish club Barcelona, who also have been facing an injury crisis at the back and could look to make move for the thirty-four-year-old free agent.
Garay who was capped thirty-two times for Argentina has plenty of experience having had stints for Real Madrid, Valencia, Zenit St. Petersburg, and Benfica. The Newell’s Old Boys academy product is currently a free agent having left Valencia at the end of his contract. He has offered his services to both Barcelona and Liverpool and will hope one of them makes a move for him.
Garay who has won domestic titles in both Portugal and Russia would surely be a good choice for both the clubs given their injury problems at the back.
Liverpool are already out without the services of star defenders Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez, while Joel Matip is also an injury-prone defender. Garay with his experience could play a vital role in stabilizing the defence for the Reds who have conceded the most goals this season.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are out without the services of veteran defender Gerard Pique while the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, and Sergio Busquets are all out injured as well.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of players, the likes of Perr Schuurs, Kalidou Koulibaly, David Alaba, and others.
Barcelona are constantly linked with Manchester City centre-back Eric Garcia who was very close to join his former team this summer.
Both the teams have had a tough start to their new season, along with the injury problems. Barcelona find themselves ten points behind league leaders Real Sociedad, while Liverpool are joint top with Tottenham Hotspurs but have already dropped nine points in ten games this season, a feat that needed thirty-two games last season for them.
Barcelona, however, have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League while Liverpool play Ajax later tonight knowing one point is enough for them to go through.
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