Jurgen Klopp is reportedly interested in bringing Hoffenheim centre-back Niklas Sule to Liverpool, with the Reds’ boss unsure about his options at the back next season.
Klopp is reportedly concerned about his choices at centre-back moving forward, with Germany U21 defender Sule someone he feels can add options in that area of the pitch.
Whether or not the 48-year-old makes a move for the highly-rated youngster is possibly to be dependant on Mamadou Sakho’s ban for failing a drugs test.
The Frenchman’s 30-day suspension by UEFA will end on Saturday 28th May, so an announcement on the final ban should be expected soon.
Martin Skrtel is almost certain to exit Liverpool, having fallen out of favour under Klopp, with the Slovakian reportedly “ready to leave” the club.
Kolo Toure is another who is set to leave, despite an impressive season for the Reds.
The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer and Klopp is unlikely to reward the veteran Ivorian with a new deal at Anfield.
Sule has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the past – at 6′ 5″ tall he would add some much-needed aerial presence and physicality to the defensive options.
With Matip similar in stature, Klopp certainly has a style of centre-back he is looking for, and Sule would be a promising signing.
The 20-year-old has made 10 appearances for Germany’s U21s, and a call-up to the senior team appears to be a matter of when, rather than if.
Joe Gomez could also compete for a position at centre-back, leaving Klopp with Matip, Lovren, Gomez, another new signing, and Sakho pending the length of his final ban.