Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp may be “put off” by the potential signing of Benjamin Pavard from Bayern Munich, as the French defender is seen as “a bit of a risk,” according to a reliable reporter. Pavard, whose contract with Bayern is nearing its final year. He has expressed his desire to leave the club this summer, prompting speculation about his future. While Liverpool has linked with the 27-year-old, concerns about his mentality and attitude have emerged. This is potentially deterring Klopp from pursuing the transfer.
CBS reporter Jonathon Johnson weighed in on Pavard’s situation, stating,
“There have been question marks over Benjamin Pavard’s mentality for some time.”
Johnson referred to Pavard’s performance in the 2018 World Cup, where he started strongly but gradually faded due to perceived attitude issues. Similar concerns have risen during his time at Bayern Munich. There are suggestions that he feels he has outgrown his surroundings. Despite Pavard’s high profile since his memorable goal in the World Cup, he has occasionally struggled to live up to expectations.
What next for Pavard?
Persistent rumors have linked Pavard with a potential move to Barcelona. Especially considering Bayern is expected to undergo significant changes after narrowly clinching the Bundesliga title. However, Johnson believes there may not be a natural opening for him at Camp Nou, making other options more likely. While Pavard possesses the ability to play for a top European club. Some clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United, may perceive him as a risk due to concerns about his mentality and work rate. Johnson suggests that Klopp and other managers may share this perspective.
Although Pavard’s versatility and experience make him an attractive option. But any potential move to Liverpool may be unlikely due to the perceived risks associated with his mentality and attitude. While strengthening the midfield remains Liverpool’s main priority in the upcoming transfer window, solidifying the backline with quality reinforcements is also a consideration. However, Klopp and the club may opt to steer clear of Pavard and explore alternative options. Clubs like Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Barcelona have also shown their interest for the French defender. This has added further uncertainty to Pavard’s future destination.