Bayern coaches and officials desperate to prevent David Alaba moving to Liverpool

Bayern coaches and officials desperate to prevent David Alaba moving to Liverpool

Fair and competitive

The injury picked up by Virgil van Dijk has left Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp with a headache at the back, and he could therefore look to strengthen in January. Schalke’s Ozan Kabak was previously linked, but the Reds may now be looking towards a more established talent – David Alaba.

Bayern Munich and Austria defender Alaba was developed in Bavaria, before breaking into the club’s first-team setup. And he has since gone on to become one of Europe’s most versatile and consistent players – operating at left-back, centre-half and defensive midfield. He has even played in attacking midfield for his national team.

“He should know what he has at Bayern,” explained German legend Lothar Matthaus to Sky90. “The appreciation he enjoys in Munich cannot be greater anywhere – with those responsible, with the fans and with Bayern he plays centrally in central defence.”

Bayern have been trying to tie Alaba down to a new deal, with his current terms set to expire in 2021. The Bundesliga champions’ president, Herbert Hainer, has assured that the offer the club put to the Austrian was “fair and competitive.”

Flick hopeful

Hansi Flick has had a huge impact since being appointed Bayern boss, and Alaba’s future is the newest challenge facing the Champions League winning coach.

“Against Bielefeld, Atletico and Eintracht, Alaba is doing a good job,” Flick said. “I feel he’s the same as last season, very focused, loud on the pitch. He’s one of the players who leads our defence. For me, there’s no difference between now and last season.”

“I’m not concerning myself with that at all right now.” Flick said when drawn on the January transfer market.

Bayern coaches and officials desperate to prevent David Alaba moving to Liverpool

ROEDINGHAUSEN, GERMANY – OCTOBER 30: Players, David Alaba, Meritan Shabani, Thomas Mueller, Sandro Wagner, Javi Martinez and Niklas Suele of Bayern Muenchen clebrtae vicotry after the DFB Cup match between SV Rodinghausen and FC Bayern Munich at Hacker-Wiehenstadion on October 30, 2018 in Roedinghausen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I still hope he’ll sign with Bayern because I think he knows what the situation is like here in Munich. It’s a lot of fun to train with a team with a good atmosphere here. We play successful football and this club is one of the best in the world.”

“The conditions are top for every player right now and I think he’ll think twice about changing that.”

“It’s his decision – and we have to respect that, obviously – but I hope he will stay. He has to decide, my feeling is irrelevant.”

See also: Arteta responds to Ozil statement assuring he has been “really fair” / Wilshere claims Arsenal have excluded their ‘best player’


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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