Reports in Germany claim Borussia Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic has his sights set on a January move to Liverpool.
The 26-year-old has found himself out of the Dortmund team under new manager Thomas Tuchel, with midfielder Sven Bender preferred to him at the back.
In an interview with German publication Bild, Dortmund’s sport manager Michael Zorc believes Subotic is desperate to end his time in Germany and join former manager Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
“It is an unusual and difficult situation for him (Subotic),” he said.
“Neven is dealing with it all very professionally, but he is obviously not happy. There are strong indications that he will say his farewells in January.
“There are always messages coming from England that Klopp would take Subotic to Liverpool.”
Subotic was a key figure during Klopp and Dortmund’s march to consecutive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, and the 2013 Champions League Final, forming a formidable centre-back pairing with Mats Hummels.
He also played under the 48-year-old at Mainz, with Klopp taking the imposing defender with him to Dortmund in the summer of 2008.
Reinforcements are clearly needed at right-sided centre-back for Liverpool, with Kolo Toure well past his best and Martin Skrtel forever inconsistent, despite some good recent performances.
Subotic would represent a good signing for the Reds, despite his lack of playing time, and would definitely help make them look more sturdy at the back.
There are no guarantees that the move will come to fruition, but of all the Dortmund players linked with Liverpool, the Serb feels the most likely to join next month.