Liverpool are reportedly watching Nayef Aguerd’s performances for West Ham and Morocco as they try to strengthen their defensive options in the next summer transfer window
According to Goal, Aguerd’s rise to prominence in recent months has not gone unnoticed at Liverpool, as the Reds appear to be fans of the 26-year-old.
The Moroccan international was a star performer for his team during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, helping them reach the semi-finals on football’s biggest stage.
His West Ham teammate, Declan Rice, characterized his performances in Qatar as ‘huge’.
Domestically, when fit, he has also been in good form, and one has to question where West Ham would be without him.
Aguerd has only been in England for a few months, but he’s adapted quickly to life in the Premier League, grabbing the attention of Liverpool in the process.
This season, Liverpool has struggled at center-back. Virgil van Dijk’s injury problems have resurfaced, while Joe Gomez and Joel Matup haven’t looked their best recently.
Matip, in particular, has been linked with a transfer away from Anfield this summer, and if he does leave, Liverpool will need to replace him. Given his strong performances for West Ham and Morocco this season, Aguerd could be an ideal contender.
Liverpool has a history of bringing in players from mid-table Premier League clubs and developing them into stars, with Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson becoming stars at Anfield.
Liverpool have yet to make an official move for Aguerd, but the fact that they are keeping an eye on his progress implies that a summer deal is possible.
It remains to be seen whether the Reds will make a move for the Moroccan international when the transfer market opens in a few months, but a move for a centre-half appears to be on the cards sooner rather than later.