15 defenders linked to Liverpool this summer – and where they ended up

Liverpool decided against making a defensive acquisition this summer, but where did all of the rumoured targets end the window?

There was a drastic change in the middle of the park as five senior players made way for four incomings in the midfield renovation.

Fans also called for defensive reinforcement in the market and there was no shortage of links on that front, but the club’s business didn’t extend to centre-backs.

A mixture of high-profile and lesser-known names were touted as options for Jurgen Klopp, who has entered 2023/24 with the same men he called upon last season at the back.

Here’s an overview of the Reds’ reported defensive targets in the window and a look at where they will be playing their football this season.


Who moved clubs?

2NJCT64 Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between RB Leipzig and Manchester City in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Andreas Gora)

  • Josko Gvardiol – RB Leipzig to Man City – £77.6 million
  • Micky van de Ven – Wolfsburg to Tottenham – £34.5 million
  • Jurrien Timber – Ajax to Arsenal – £38 million
  • Benjamin Pavard – Bayern Munich to Inter Milan – £27.5 million
  • Evan Ndicka – Eintracht Frankfurt to Roma – Free


Who stayed put?

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 27, 2022: Germany's Jan Thielmann (R) icb England's Levi Colwill during the International friendly between England Under-21’s and Germany Under-21’s at Bramall Lane. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Levi ColwillChelsea
  • Perr Schuurs – Torino
  • Antonio Silva – Benfica
  • Marc GuehiCrystal Palace
  • Goncalo Inacio – Sporting CP
  • Nayef AguerdWest Ham
  • Jarrad BranthwaiteEverton
  • Gleison Bremer – Juventus
  • Jean-Clair Todibo – Nice
  • David Carmo – Porto

It was a busy transfer window as far as the midfield was concerned, but many fans feel the squad remains short of defensive cover.

Levi Colwill was a name that piqued the interest of supporters, but the 20-year-old was charmed into signing a new long-term deal with Chelsea by new boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool will be hoping they don’t eventually rue letting Josko Gvardiol, Jurrien Timber and Micky van de Ven all find homes at Premier League rivals having been credited with interest in all three over the summer.

Whether the Reds dip back into the defensive market in January remains to be seen.

Nat Phillips was only loaned out to Celtic on a short-term basis which indicates that there is still a degree of uncertainty around the injury records of our current centre-back options.

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