The Merseyside giants search for defensive reinforcements have now led them to Fiorentina, with Nikola Milenkovic emerging as the latest target if reports are to be believed. The 23-year-old defender has no shortage of suitors though as he is courted by a bunch of top clubs across Europe including Man City and Man United.
Liverpool, it looks, have now also joined the race as they plot to strengthen their defensive options in the summer despite securing the services of Ozan Kabak last month. In addition, Ben Davies joined the club, from Preston North End, adding to Klopp’s armory amid the injury issues surrounding the likes of Fabinho, Matip, Gomez and Virgil.
Highly regarded as one of the most promising young centre-backs in Serie A, Nikola has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise dire campaign for Fiorentina this term. His displays at the heart of the defence have indeed been influential for the club, which has shipped in 35 goals in the league so far.
Standing at 1.95m, Serbia international’s imposing frame makes him quite an intimidating presence for the opposing attackers. It also makes him almost unbeatable in the air making him the perfect partner to someone like van Dijk.
The 23-year-old centre-back’s experience at the highest level of football also often goes unnoticed as it is worth mentioning that the defender has made over 100 competition appearances for Fiorentina. In addition, Milenkovic has registered 26 caps for the Serbian national team.
Therefore, the Serbian defender is indeed a viable option for Liverpool. At the age of 23, the Serbian international could be a smart long-term option for the Merseyside giants.