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David Alaba signing for Liverpool would have ‘consequences’ for Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool signing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba would have “long-term consequences” for the club, says former player David James.

The Reds have been trying different combinations to fill the gap left by Virgil van Dijk’s injury.

While the manager has been looking within, pundits have suggested that the Premier League champions should invest in the January transfer window.

And one of the names being thrown about is Alaba, who has won 18 major titles with the Bundesliga giants over nearly 400 appearances.

The Austrian has been converted into a centre-back from the full-back position in recent seasons, playing a big part in their Champions League-winning campaign last season.

But James, who made nearly 300 appearances for the Reds over seven seasons, believes signing Alaba would make more problems than it solves.

Speaking to Stadium Astro , the former goalkeeper said: “I’m just trying to work out what system they would play if they had him in the side.

“He is a phenomenal player. Watching him in the Champions League, he is scary going forward.

“Liverpool would want him – any top six of English clubs would want him.

“But it’s what you do once you’ve got him. These short-term fixes have long-term consequences because you end up pushing someone further down the line.

“It’s whether it fits into the Liverpool plan.

“One thing Liverpool have been very good at over the years is their recruitment, since Klopp took over, so if they weren’t thinking about him before they wouldn’t be one of their targets.”

This was echoed by former Anfield man Danny Murphy, who suggested there would be a big decision for the manager to make over signing the 28-year-old.

“In terms of his ability, he absolutely fits. He’s a super player,” the 43-year-old said.

“What you’d have to look at from Jurgen Klopp’s perspective is the balance of the club moving forward when everyone’s fit.

“I would be wanting to do it – you can’t have enough good players! I think he would certainly add quality and strength in depth.”

James is not the only pundit to warn Liverpool off a move for Alaba, with Bayern boss Hansi Flick trying to take them off the scent.

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