Emile Heskey believes David Alaba could be the ideal signing to solve Liverpool’s injury crisis.
The Reds are down to one fit, senior centre-back after long-term injuries to Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.
With the possibility neither of Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice centre-back pairing will play against this season, Liverpool could dip into the transfer market in January to add another defender to their ranks.
One man that has been linked is Alaba, who is currently in a contract standoff with Bayern Munich.
The versatile Austrian impressed at centre-back during Bayern’s Champions League triumph last season and is equally adept at left-back.
Contract talks between the two parties have been ongoing for months and at the start of November, the club had retracted their latest offer.
“We presented him with a really, very good very fair, competitive offer – especially during these times,” Hainer told BR24Sport.
“We told David’s agent during the last meeting that we wanted clarity and an answer by the end of October, because we want to plan for such an important position and personnel. But we didn’t hear anything.
“Our sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic then contacted the agent and the answer was that the offer is still unsatisfying and that we should think more.
“We then decided to take the offer off the table completely. That means there is no longer any offer.”
With Alaba seemingly destined to leave the German and European champions for free, Heskey has backed Liverpool to complete a deal for Alaba.
“I think so. You’ve got a player who plays left-back, left-side centre-back and left wing-back and he can step into midfield as well,” Heskey told Rousing The Kop.
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“You’ve got a younger version of James Milner, someone who can tick all the boxes but tick them well.
“If you look at what he’s achieved, he’s a winner, so he knows what it takes to win and that’s what you want within your squad.
“Because that rubs off on the younger players as well because what you do and what you’ve achieved, they want to do as well.”