It’s hard to be critical of Liverpool’s exemplary recruitment strategy in recent years but a few eyebrows were raised last summer.
Fabinho is the only natural option, so it would hardly have been a surprise if the Reds, given their resources, dipped their toes into the transfer market. Gini Wijnaldum left the club at the end of the 2020/21 season and joined PSG on a free transfer.
Admittedly Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita have the attributes to operate as makeshift players, but it nonetheless felt a little shortsighted not to bulk out the Liverpool team ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
That reticence now has the potential to throw a spanner in the works of Jurgen Klopp next season.
Liverpool suffered defensive issues last season with Virgil Van Dyke, Joel Martip, Joe Gomez and Keita suffering injuries.
Speculation is therefore rife that the former Premier League champions are ready to splash the cash, as they look to rectify the situation.
And a suggested name in the frame is Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who has been linked with series of big clubs in the past.
His whole-hearted approach to defending has won the Nigeria international plenty of admirers among Leicester fans, as he’s helped Brendan Rodgers’ side to win last season’s FA Cup.
The statistics certainly suggest Ndidi is playing at a level that is worthy of Liverpool’s interest.
He has played 147 Premier League games since arriving from KRC Genk in 2017 and has established himself as a force in England.
It is difficult to ascertain if Ndidi has what it takes to make an impact at the best club in the country, but he is perhaps young enough to warrant Liverpool gambling on him.
But whether Leicester City are willing to lose one of their biggest assets is another matter entirely.