Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's golden opportunity to succeed where Pep Guardiola failed

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a golden opportunity to succeed where Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola failed by snapping up Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The Reds suffered a miserable 2022/23 campaign and are looking to bolster their squad as they attempt to launch an assault on the Premier League title once again next time around.

Liverpool secured their first signing of the summer last week after prising Alexis Mac Allister away from Brighton. And they are now said to be leading the race to sign Pavard, who has spent the last four seasons plying his trade at the Allianz Arena.

According to Bundesliga journalist Christian Falk, Liverpool are one of the leading candidates to sign Pavard this summer and will compete with Barcelona to get their hands on the ace.

The 27-year-old would bring a winning edge to Anfield, having won the Champions League, the Club World Cup and four Bundesliga titles with Bayern after already lifting the World Cup trophy with France in 2018 while he was playing for Stuttgart.

Klopp will be hoping Liverpool can put together a package that can tempt Pavard to the Premier League. And it would give the German one up on Guardiola.

Five years ago, Le 10 Sport reported that the player was being eyed up by the Citizens following his starring role for France at the World Cup in Russia. Pavard had started six of Les Bleus’ tournament matches and played the full 90 minutes in the final as his country defeated Croatia 4-2.

With a string of clubs interested in the player at the time, Pavard ultimately remained at Stuttgart for one more season before turning his back on the club to sign for rivals Bayern the following summer. And he has gone on to make 162 appearances for his current employers.

Pavard featured 43 times for Bayern during the most recent season and started both legs of the Champions League quarter-finals as his team were dumped out of the competition by eventual champions Manchester City. The ace played 30 Bundesliga games as his side won the league despite finishing level on points with Borussia Dortmund.

At the age of 27, Pavard may still have his best years ahead of him. And Guardiola’s loss could well turn into Klopp’s gain as the Reds look to move on from their recent disappointment when the 2023/24 campaign gets underway later this summer.

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