Liverpool plotting £18million swoop for Ruben Semedo as short-term centre-back transfer

Olympiakos defender Ruben Semedo could make a Liverpool switch in January.

The 26-year-old centre back signed for the Super League outfit in June of 2019, and has gone on to make 55 appearances for the club while forcing his way into the Portugal plans of Fernando Santos.

Although he might not have been Jurgen Klopp’s ideal replacement for injured duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, he could be seen as a short term option from January until the end of the campaign.

Semedo came though the ranks at Sporting and has spent time at Villarreal, but could cost £18m.

Portuguese TV network Sic Noticias have reported that a five-year deal could even be on the table, despite the recent emergence of youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

Gomez could be out for months following surgery for a tendon problem, while Van Dijk is out for the rest of the current season due to an ACL knee injury.

Jamie Redknapp told the Pitch to Post following the recent injury blow suffered by Gomez: “I'm choked for Joe Gomez if it is a bad injury.

“He's a young man who has already had knee injuries and come back brilliantly. I'm a big fan of his, he seems like a really good, down to earth player.

"I remember seeing him many years ago playing for Charlton in the FA Youth Cup and thinking 'this is a star of the future' and he's certainly proved that at Liverpool.

“I just hope it's not going to be anything too serious.

"From an England point of view, it's a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, but for Jurgen Klopp, if this is a long-term one and you've got no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that puts an enormous amount of stress on this squad from a team that were red-hot favourites at the start of the year.

"It's certainly going to change things and for everybody else involved, that back two have been so impressive at times. It's not been easy with no Virgil at the moment, but no Virgil and no Gomez is going to make it even more difficult.”

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