Liverpool closing in on first January arrival: The “Next Alan Hansen” at Anfield? 

LIVERPOOL are eyeing a swoop for Coventry youngster Cian Harries.

The defender has been invited to train with the Kop kings ahead of a potential January swoop.

The Reds have been making moves for a number of promising young players this season, as academy director Alex Inglethorpe overhauls his ranks.

This has seen two 15-year-olds arrive towards the end of 2016, with centre-back Emeka Obi and forward Jack Bearne joining from Bury and Notts County respectively.

Mail Online say Liverpool like the 19-year-old – who has been compared to former Reds star Alan Hansen.

Harries has played regularly for Coventry this season in their basement battle in League One.

The cash-strapped club are a point from safety in the third tier.

Coventry are said to want to keep the talented youngster, but accept a deal is too hard to turn down.

Liverpool have asked to take Harries on trial before any deal is rubber-stamped.

The defender only signed a new contract with the club in November which was meant to tie him to the Ricoh Arena until 2020.

Klopp has Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva as senior centre-back options, with Joe Gomez working his way back to full fitness and a likely first-team role in the future.

Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori are among the other centre-backs on the books at Anfield, but neither are believed to have a future under Klopp.

Most interestingly, Lucas has been linked with a move to Inter Milan in the January transfer window, though no deal has ben brokered as of yet, and this could open up a position.

Gomez, who is currently with the Liverpool U23s after a year out with an ACL injury, is likely to fill that role as one of Klopp’s backup centre-backs.

Therefore, Harries could be earmarked to take over from Gomez in the U23s, with a view to stepping up to the first team.

Harries, a Welsh youth international, has made 14 appearances for Coventry this season so far, including eight in League One and against Norwich City in the League Cup, and is considered one of the brightest prospects at the Ricoh Arena.

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