Liverpool target Malick Thiaw admits he is ‘happy’ to be linked with the Premier League champions as Reds mull over Schalke’s teenage central defender amid injury crisis at the back
- Malick Thiaw admitted he is happy to have been linked with Liverpool
- The Reds have been keeping tabs on the impressive young defender
- Jurgen Klopp has been faced with a defensive injury crisis at Anfield
- Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both set to miss the rest of the season
Schalke defender Malick Thiaw has admitted that he is flattered to be linked with Liverpool, as the Reds consider whether to make a bid for the youngster in January.
Jurgen Klopp has been left with an injury crisis at the back after long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Joel Matip, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams are the only fit centre backs available with Fabinho, who can play in that role if needed, also injured.
Schalke defender Malick Thiaw (left) has that admitted he is happy to be linked with Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp is facing a defensive crisis with both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez injured
Liverpool were linked with a move for Thiaw in March but the centre back decided to continue his development with Schalke by signing a new contract until 2024.
But Sport Bild believe the Reds have kept tabs on the 19-year-old, who admitted he was pleased to have been linked with the Premier League champions.
‘Of course you’re happy when big clubs are after you,’ he told Schalke TV.
‘But it was actually clear to me that I would stay at Schalke.’
Thiaw has impressed for the Bundesliga side when given an opportunity in the first-team
The defender has drawn comparisons to Liverpool’s Matip, who they also signed from Schalke in 2016, because of his height and strength.
Thiaw has impressed when given opportunities in the first-team, scoring against Stuttgart in his second consecutive start.
He is also deciding where his international future lies, with the centre back eligible to play for Germany, Senegal and Finland.
Another played Liverpool have been linked with is Thiaw’s defensive partner Ozan Kabak. Schalke originally valued the centre back at £40million but Bild believe they may be prepared to allow him to leave for just £18m in January.
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