It’s no secret that there are a handful of clubs across Europe that have expressed keen interest in signing David Alaba given his contract situation at Bayern Munich. At this current juncture, Real Madrid look the most likely to sign the Austrian international, but Liverpool were one of the other big clubs that made their interest clear given their current defensive injury crisis. Not to mention, with Jurgen Klopp’s time in the Bundesliga managing both Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, Alaba is a player he faced a handful of times before he took his sabbatical after the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season.

Per a new report from The Independent, though, it was suggested that Liverpool were ultimately put off by Alaba’s height, in addition to his high salary demands. In comparison to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip, Alaba is at least 8 centimeters shorter than any of them, standing at 1.8 meters tall. Matip is 1.95 meters tall, van Dijk is 1.93, and Gomez is 1.88. Of course, the trio of center backs are all out with injuries for Liverpool at the moment, with both van Dijk and Gomez both having lengthy layovers due to knee injuries.