Liverpool have turned attentions to Dayot Upamecano’s centre-back partner Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. The Reds are believed to be interested in Upamecano but following fierce competition for his signature from Premier League rivals and Bayern Munich, Liverpool are keen to keep their options open.
Surprisingly, the Premier League champions are unlikely to bring in defensive reinforcements this month.
The club have been left to rue the decision not to replace Dejan Lovren last summer, following his move to Zenit St Petersburg.
As it stands, the Reds have no fit available senior centre-backs at their disposal.
Joel Matip is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Premier League showdown with Manchester United. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain long-term absentees.
In the summer, the player’s release clause worth around £38million becomes active.
Meanwhile, Konate is on Liverpool’s radar and he too has impressed in recent years under Julian Nagelsmann.
The 20-year-old is believed to have a release clause worth around £45m.
Jurgen Klopp has already made it clear Liverpool are unlikely to dip into the market this month, despite their need for a centre-back.
“I cannot say definitely we will not bring one in but it is just not likely because of the situation in the world,” he said.
“If the world would be in a normal place, everything would be fine: we won the league, won the Champions League, the club is in the best possible situation and then you have three senior centre-halves injured, is that a situation when you would usually do something?
“Yes, definitely, but we are not in that situation. I don’t know if something will happen or not.
“You maybe could do something but it would be a short-term solution and we don’t have that short-term solution and that is not right because it doesn’t help.”