Liverpool are making plans to sign not one, but two centre-halves next summer, according to reports.
With the club seemingly happy to wait to sanction the long wait to land Virgil van Dijk, the club plan to pair him up with Lazio’s Stefan De Vrij next season, with talks already believed to be underway.
Southampton defender had a return to action to forget for the U23s side in a 4-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Monday night.
The Dutchman is well off the pace in terms of fitness after being held back by injury in recent months, while a widely speculated exit from the club failed to materialise.
De Vrij is contracted to Lazio until June 2018, and talks to renew his deal have recently stalled. That’s amid talk the player is ready to move on from the Italian capital, with the Reds leading the way for his signature.
The 25-year-old joined Lazio from Feyenoord in 2014 and has since cultivated a reputation as one of Serie A’s most reliable central defenders, an area of the park in which the Reds may consider themselves in need of an upgrade.
Football Radars previously 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:
— Football Radars (@FussballRadars) June 8, 2017
However, Calciomercato also claims Inter Milan and Juventus would also be keen on the player on a free.
But the chance to sign for Klopp and form a new-look central defensive partnership with Van Dijk puts Liverpool as the firm favourites.