Jurgen Klopp can sign £24m alternative of Virgil van Dijk in January

Liverpool are being tipped to make a January swoop for Lazio defender Stefan De Vrij after receiving encouragement over the defender’s new release clause.

The Dutchman has only 10 months left in his contract with Lazio but according to Il Corriere dello Sport, the talented centre-back will soon sign a contract extension, which telling, will include a small exit clause.

According to the paper, De Vrij’s new deal will contain an exit clause of just €27m (£24.7m) and Liverpool are ready to activate it in the January window.

Football Radars recently provided a breakdown of the Dutchman’s 2016-17 campaign and depicted strengths in passing, where he boasted a figure of more than 85 per cent, and an average of less than one foul per game:

Liverpool tried and failed to sign Virgil van Dijk from Southampton this summer, but De Vrij had been earmarked as a viable alternative and the Reds will now go back in for him in January, with the Corriere dello Sport also claiming Juventus are also keen.