Is Kim Min-jae leaving after half a season…Liverpool seriously considered recruiting
South Korea’s national soccer center back Kim Min-jae (26) is expected to leave Naples (Italy) half a season after his transfer. While already receiving “love calls” everywhere, Liverpool (England) is reportedly seriously considering recruiting this winter.
Italian media ‘Il Martino’ said on the 5th (Korea Standard Time), “Liverpool is currently active in recruiting Kim Min-jae. “We are seriously considering recruiting during this winter’s transfer market, and we will further materialize our interest,” he said.
According to reports, Liverpool is currently on alert as “core” center back Virgil van Dijk (31) is expected to leave for a long time. He started in the 19th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-2023 season against Brentford at Brentford Community Stadium in Brentford, England, on the 3rd, but was replaced with a hamstring injury.
Coach Jurgen Norbert Klopp (55, Germany) said about Dijk’s condition in the second half of the game, “I felt a slight abnormality in my muscles after the first half,” but local experts predicted that it could take longer to recover from the injury than expected. It is expected to leave at least a month.
Naturally, Liverpool faced a crisis as its weight in defense dropped sharply. There are Ibrahimah Konate (23), Joe Gomez (25), and Joel Matif (31), but there is a lack of stability. Moreover, all three are frequently injured, so they may leave the line at any time. As a result, Kim Min-jae was selected while planning to recruit a new center back immediately.
Kim Min-jae, who wore the Napoli uniform last summer, quickly jumped to the mainstay by breaking everyone’s expectations and performing a brilliant performance. He started from the actual opening game, and has so far played 21 official games and tied up the opposing strikers with solid physical strength, fast speed and stable defense. He also showed his strengths in the set piece and scored two goals.
Amid his outstanding performance, Kim Min-jae won the MVP award of Italy’s Serie A secretariat in September last year, and was selected as the best player by the Italian Footballers’ Association (AIC) in October. “It’s one of the best recruitments last summer,” the local said. He continues to perform well from the beginning without any adaptation problems. He has established himself as the best center back,” he praised every day. 안전놀이터
Kim Min-jae inserted the transfer allowance (buy-out) when he signed a contract with Napoli, which is known to be 45 million euros. However, this will be effective from June. Liverpool, which needs to reinforce its center back immediately, cannot wait until the summer, and plans to pay a large amount of money to recruit it during the transfer market this winter. A transfer fee of up to 80 million euros is expected.