Liverpool are apparently interested in a move for Middlesbrough’s central defender Dael Fry, according to a report yesterday from The Sunday Express.
Many predicted Boro to struggle after the departure of previous star defender Ben Gibson to Burnley in the summer, but Fry has instead flourished alongside Aden Flint so far this season, with Boro having only conceded 8 goals in 17 games — the best in the league by a considerable distance.
Fry has featured in 11 games thus far for the Teesside outfit and his outstanding development has been instrumental to their early season success; it also makes interest from Liverpool no surprise.
There are evident parallels between Fry and Joe Gomez — both young, high potential centre-halves who found initial prominence in the Championship and Fry could take inspiration from Gomez, who has matured into a top-class defender under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance.
Although an extended stay in the second tier could be more beneficial for Fry’s development, with the England U21 international highly unlikely to break up Gomez and Van Dijk’s blossoming partnership, the prospect of moving to Merseyside may be too good to turn down.
Having only penned a new contract with Middlesbrough back in April however, which keeps him at the Riverside Stadium until 2023, prising Fry away from his boyhood club could prove a difficult task.