Right now, somewhere in Germany, there’s a very unsettled defender named Neven Subotic. The Borussia Dortmund centre back, 27, only made 11 appearances under Thomas Tuchel last season and has fallen out of favour, despite being a fan favourite and an important cog in the defensive machine for Die Schwarzgelben since his debut in 2008.
He’s recently announced his intention to leave Dortmund.
According to The Express, Liverpool are interested in signing the Serbian international. Manager Jurgen Klopp used to work with Subotic when he was in charge at Dortmund, so a move for his former player does not seem outside the realms of possibility.
Liverpool are currently in need of more quality centre backs, with Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, while capable and occasionally outstanding, are somewhat prone to clumsy errors. Martin Skrtel seems to be on his way out of the club too, and despite Liverpool’s recent signing of Cameroon international Joel Matip, more manpower is needed at centre back.
Subotic would be a world class addition to the squad and may just bring that defensive solidity that allows Liverpool to transition, once more, into a truly top club.
Standing at 6’3, Subotic would be imposing presence at the back for Liverpool. Known for being strong in the air and for not diving into the tackle, he’s also adept with the ball at his feet, always looking to play the simple pass out of trouble and would be something of a calming influence on whoever he partners at centre back, assumably Lovren or Sakho.
Coming in from a club like Borussia Dortmund, where fan expectations are very high, will certainly help Subotic bed into a world renowned team such as Liverpool, as he’ll instantly be used to the high expectations the fans will no doubt have for him.
Transfermarkt currently lists Subotic as being worth just £8.25m, although with a full two years left on his contract and with his status within Borussia Dortmund, expect him to be available for around double that price. Even so, it seems astoundingly good value for money, when you consider he’s been known for years as one of the world’s top centre backs. Not to mention, quality doesn’t tend to come cheap in football these days. Klopp should be licking his lips and plotting to raid Dortmund for his former player as you read this.