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Liverpool scouting 18 year old Anderlecht defender

The Reds are looking to add yet more talent to their squad


Liverpool are scouting Anderlecht’s 18-year-old centre-back Zeno Debast as they look to add more options to the heart of their defence, according to reports.

The Reds have four centre-backs on their books, with Virgil Van Dijk joined by Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez. But, with Matip and Van Dijk both now 31 years old, they will have to consider replacements in the coming years, and Gomez is yet to return to his absolute best following a knee injury.

And, as per 90min, they have turned their attentions to finding a future star, with the Reds now scouting 18-year-old Debast. The central defender only made his top-flight debut last season, featuring five times in the Jupiler Pro League before missing the end of the season with a foot injury.

This season, however, Debast has not missed any of his side’s 11 top-flight games, absent for just 8 minutes across 11 outings and has impressed despite Anderlecht’s struggles as a side.

He was handed his Belgium debut over the most recent international break, playing every minute of their final two Nations League clashes, and Roberto Martinez was full of praise for his latest star.

“This was one of the most impressive debuts in recent years for the Red Devils,” said Martinez. “I have never seen such a young player make his debut so well. I enjoyed it. I saw a young guy with a lot of self-confidence, but also a lot of desire to learn.”

Under contract until 2025, 90min report that Borussia Dortmund are also keen on the defender, but it is Liverpool who have done the most background work, sending scouts to watch him on several different occasions.

A move could be a low cost, low risk investment in the heart of the Reds backline, which could free up more funds to be spent elsewhere.

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