Liverpool suffer David Alaba transfer blow as Juventus, Man City and Real Madrid eye star

That leaves Klopp with just a handful of options at centre-back, with Joel Matip, Sepp van den Berg, Nat Phillips and youngster Rhys Williams being his only natural central defenders remaining.

For that reason, Liverpool have been tipped to go into the transfer market during the January window in order to sign either a short-term fix until the end of the season or a big-money world-class centre-back to provide competition for Gomez and Van Dijk.

It had been speculated that Liverpool would opt against splashing the cash during January, but the Reds have done so in the past – having bought Van Dijk from Southampton for £75million in the 2018 winter window.

If they did decide for a short-term solution, however, Alaba has been tipped to be a potential arrival.


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