Thiago would have been a good alternative to Ake because he's free and can provide extra cover but he's too old to be relied on as a primary option. Injuries slowly catching up to him and I don't think he can play twice a week any more.
Joel Mario? Assuming this is an autocorrect version of Matip (and not one of your finds) then I've got the same problem with him. Liverpool's second best defender when he can stay fit but that just doesn't seem to be often enough.
Assuming actual ability is a given, injury resistance should be near the top of our list of priorities. It's cost us quite a bit over the years and, although you can't guarantee someone will stay fit, we should avoid those who have a history.
Yes its Matip. I wasn't suggesting either player, just that that was what the article concluded.
The bold I have always whole heartedly agreed with. Never understood why we were willing to part with 50 million for Mendy. His injury record alone should have dropped the price by 50%.
Worse still, there was a guy who kept pointing this out that summer and kept getting nothing but abuse by fans who just couldn't get past his mouth watering crosses.
We really need to avoid players with a consistent history of injury. :(