It is a common saying in football that attack wins you games and defence wins you titles. It was only after signing Virgil Van Dijk and Allison Becker that Jurgen Klopp managed to win trophies at Liverpool. Jose Mourinho is one of the most successful managers in world football. It has been often seen that his teams are built upon a strong defence.
While Klopp has already managed to build a winning team, Mourinho is in the process of it at Tottenham Hotspur. However, injuries haven’t been kind to Liverpool this season. First, they lost Virgil Van Dijk for the season, then Joe Gomez got injured and was ruled out for the rest of the season. After that Matip was sometimes injured and sometimes fit but now he has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Mourinho is in need of a commanding centre back to build his title-winning team. Toby Alderweireld has been their best centre back but Spurs need another top centre back. Under Mourinho, Dier returned to his preferred centre-back position. At times he gave very impressive performances, but overall he hasn’t been convincing enough and so is the case with Davinson Sanchez.
Thus it is no wonder that both of them are looking to add new centre-backs to their squads. It is very much obvious that probably they will fight for the same players. Both Klopp and Mourinho want the best players for their teams. Ultimately it will depend upon a lot of things as to who signs whom.
Liverpool and Tottenham race for Serie A defender Milan Skriniar
According to Italian news outlet Tuttomercato, Tottenham is leading the race to sign Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar. Though Spurs are leading the race to sign him, Liverpool is still interested in signing him. The Slovakian is one of the best centre-backs in Italy and he is a crucial part of Conte’s back three.
Last season as well he was linked with a move to Tottenham. A swap deal involving Tanguy Ndombele and Milan Skriniar was also mooted. However, nothing happened as the Frenchman stayed at the club to change his fortunes. It looks like the move was good for both the players, as Slovak is now helping Conte to challenge for the Serie A title.
He has himself stated that he is very happy at the club and he wants to perform consistently. Inter would also like to keep him but the Nerrazuri would still want to sell him. The pandemic has hit them hard financially. There is no matchday income for them at San Siro, thus they want to sell players to balance their books.
Liverpool are still keen on him despite the deadline day signing of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak. However, these two are short term options. In the long run, the Reds are still interested in signing another centre- back. It would also be interesting to see how he fits in at Anfield once Van Dijk, Matip, and Gomez all are fit. The former Sampdoria defender contract with Inter expires in 2023.
12th Man Opinion
It looks like the player himself is not keen on leaving the club. It is the club that wants to sell him to raise some funds. The basic premise here is that the Nerrazuri need money. However, it is possible that they might find another way out of this situation. Skriniar is an integral player for Conte and he would not like it if he leaves.
So far Inter has always tried to please Conte and they might want to do the same here as well. The Nerazzurri understand that he is the man who breaks Juve’s monopoly over Serie A. Though at times he can be difficult ultimately it is for the good of the team. In case if it ultimately comes down to the sale of Skriniar, then it possible that clubs will be interested as well.
Other Premier League teams like Chelsea and Manchester United could also join the race. Both of them are in need of new defenders and the Slovak is only 25-years-old as well. There could be interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and PSG. All these clubs will need defensive reinforcements in the summer.
Thus, Spurs’ lead in the race for Skriniar hardly means anything. The above-mentioned clubs have more financial might than Tottenham and they could be more attractive destinations as well. It would be better for Spurs to look somewhere else. As for Liverpool, they did struggle this summer financially and the same could happen next summer as well.