For all the complaints about FSG, it’s not just Liverpool who have had struggles to tie down top talent of late. Andreas Christensen currently finds himself in a tricky situation at Chelsea.
The Dane’s contract is running out at Stamford Bridge, with the £31.5m-rated defender’s current deal set to expire at the end of the season. Negotiations over a new one have been fraught, with a four-year and then a three-year deal being unable to commit the 25-year-old into signing.
Christensen can talk to prospective clubs as of January, and his situation has seen Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel drop him from the starting XI.
“We have the hope that it influences the contract situation a little bit,” said Tuchel recently. “My understanding was that it’s a matter of a very short period before we have good news. As I understood it the club wants the same, the player wants the same, the coach wants the same: to stay. That’s why we need the commitment and then we can continue.”
Christensen hadn’t started a game for the club since the 1-1 draw against Burnley on November 6th , but was recalled to the starting XI for the 2-1 win against Watford.
Like a more urgent version of Liverpool’s contract situation in 2023, Chelsea have several players with expiring deals next summer, with the contracts of César Azpilicueta, Antonio Rüdiger and Thiago Silva all coming to an end at the end of the season too.
It seems unlikely that the west London club will renew all of those deals, but with Christensen the youngest among that quartet, it’s logical to assume that Chelsea will prioritise tying him down to a long-term deal.
Given that age, and his Premier League pedigree, should he be a player that Liverpool and FSG take a look at?
Christensen’s greatest attribute is his versatility in central defence. Comfortable playing in a back three or four, Christensen is generally a solid performer for The Blues. He formed a good partnership alongside Thiago Silva and Rudiger during Chelsea’s road to Champions League success last season.
But do Liverpool need another centre-back? The club is currently swimming with central defenders after the tribulations of last season. Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip are the undisputed centre-back pairing at moment, with Ibrahima Konatè coming in every once in a while to give either Matip or Van Dijk a rest.
Moreover, there’s still Joe Gomez and Nat Phillips at the club, with the latter receiving scant playing time this season. Is there really any need for another defender?
One could perhaps make the argument that Matip is on the wrong side of 30 now, and won’t be Jürgen Klopp’s first choice to partner Van Dijk for much longer.
The Cameroonian has performed very well this season, but with the millions invested in Konatè, Matip is on borrowed time. Gomez, meanwhile, is supposedly seeking a move away from Anfield in order to get more playing time ahead of Qatar 2022.
Adding Christensen to the mix, while good for the team’s squad depth, is hardly going to be an enticing move for the player. Considering his achievements with Chelsea, he would want assurance of first-team football if he were to leave Stamford Bridge.
So while a ‘free’ move for Christensen is something FSG could take a look at, there are other areas of the squad that need investment. If anyone snaps up the Dane then they will be getting a bargain, but the opportunity may have come at the wrong time from a Liverpool perspective.