Liverpool have one position 'high on their agenda', says Neil Jones and Piero Hincapie is certainly admired. The Reds may struggle, however.
Journalist Neil Jones believes Liverpool definitely do admire Piero Hincapie. The Bayer Leverkusen defender fits the profile they're looking for - but it's not going to be easy.
In fact, Jones believes Hincapie can probably be ruled out as a January signing. That doesn't mean the Reds won't try to sign a player of that type, however.
“There is no doubt that Liverpool need to be looking at a new centre-back, if not now then certainly in the summer, and there is definitely an admiration for Piero Hincapie of Bayer Leverkusen,” Jones writes in the Daily Briefing.
“At 21, and with the capability of playing both as a central defender and as a left-back, the Ecuador international is someone who is likely to make a move in 2024.
"Though given the position Leverkusen find themselves in, both in the Bundesliga and the Europa League, I think we can safely rule out a January move.
“Jurgen Klopp hinted recently that Liverpool may find it hard to get the player they really want in January, but they are certainly looking. And a young, mobile, ball-playing centre-back is high on their agenda. It may be even higher if another defensive injury arrives before January 1.”
The suggestion here is that Liverpool really could make a move for Hincapie - when he's available. The only way that happens at Leverkusen is if they also sign a replacement, which isn't entirely impossible.
The 21-year-old isn't a regular starter for Leverkusen and if they decide they should cash-in, perhaps January is possible. But it sounds as though that's unlikely.
And if Liverpool end up deciding a new defender in January is a must, then any new arrival likely rules out signing Hincapie in the summer.
In other words, the Reds like Hincapie but there's a long way to go for him to move to Anfield.