Liverpool sold Martin Skrtel and sidelined Mamadou Sakho last summer. Jurgen Klopp then lured two new central defenders in the form of Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan from the German Bundesliga.
Matip has been in top form for the Merseysiders since completing his move from Schalke. Lately, he has been injured and in his absence, Klavan has stepped up big time as well.
In such a scenario, the Reds really do not need to sign another central defender but they are linked with Southampton star Jose Fonte.
If the latest reports are anything to go by then Liverpool are clear to sign the 33-year-old defender who was an integral member of the Portuguese squad that won the European Championships in France last year.
The Saints star has featured in 19 games for the club this season and has confirmed that he wants to leave St. Mary’s. Manchester United were interested in signing him but now reports suggest that the Red Devils are not considering a move for the veteran center half and Liverpool could secure his signature (Express via MEN).
Last month, it was reported (The Sun) that Southampton have slapped a price tag of 15 million pounds (18.5million) on Fonte. Liverpool will probably have to match that fee to hire his services.