Liverpool could miss out on Ezri Konsa transfer with Michael Edwards facing dilemma

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Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards is reportedly ‘studying’ Ezri Konsa as a potential target for the summer window, but it may not be a straight forward move. The Reds currently have their four first-choice centre-back options out injured with Jordan Henderson now being utilised as a makeshift defender.

The club left it late in January to address the defensive crisis by bringing in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies, the former of which made his debut against Leicester at the weekend.

Kabak’s loan move from Schalke is seen as a trial run for the young centre-back to prove that he can be the answer to Liverpool’s problems.

The Reds have an option to buy Kabak for £18million plus add-ons at the end of his loan spell, but Liverpool are seemingly looking at several options.

Dayot Upamecano, David Alaba and Ben White are just a few players who have been linked with moves to Anfield in the past few months.

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But it appears as though Liverpool’s scouts have their eye on another option who has impressed in the Premier League this season.

According to The Athletic, Aston Villa defender Konsa has attracted the attention of Liverpool.

The 23-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances at the back alongside Tyrone Mings and it’s also claimed that Konsa is in contention to earn a call-up to the England squad next month.

Konsa would fit Liverpool’s transfer model of targeting young players who are showing strong potential.


But Liverpool are not alone in ‘studying’ Konsa as Tottenham are also reportedly considering an approach.

Jose Mourinho is said to be keen on freshening up his centre-back options in the summer with Spurs keeping just two clean sheets in their last 12 league matches.

The Tottenham boss has regularly changed his centre-back pairing in recent weeks, suggesting he’s been unable to find his best options to start on a regular basis.

And the north London outfit are long-term admirers of Konsa as they’ve reportedly held an interest in the defender since 2019.

It may spark a bidding war among Premier League clubs to sign Konsa this summer unless Liverpool are able to move swiftly.

Villa are in no rush to sell either as the centre-back has over two years left on his contract.

Kabak though will be hoping he can be the answer for Liverpool this summer, although he will want to put his debut behind him quickly.

The 20-year-old was involved in a calamitous error at the back with Alisson during the game against Leicester as the pair collided before the ball fell to Jamie Vardy to score an easy goal.

And former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has questioned whether Kabak will be called upon again any time soon.

“Only Alisson and Kabak are privy to who communicated what in that situation,” he said on talkSPORT.

“We would hear something if there was a shout. There are no supporters, so we should hear Alisson from here to leave it, but we didn’t hear anything.

“This was an absolute shambles of a defensive performance in this second half, Klopp was going berserk at his players.

“Kabak’s your new man but will we ever see him again? It was a tough day for him. I feel for Kabak, he’s been left high and dry.

“It’s a worry when your goalkeeper is making so many mistakes, but this was a collective failure.”

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