Three defenders Liverpool could sign in January transfer window

Kieran Beckles examines three defenders Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could target in January transfer window

Mats Hummels

Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels would represent a fantasy signing for most Liverpool supporters. The Reds hierarchy kept their fans on side with the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as their new manager in October, so why not go one step further and sign his former skipper? The 48-year-old brought Hummels to Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2008. The pair proved a formidable force together as BVB won two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup, two German Supercups and finished as Champions League runners-up in 2013. Hummels, 26, was left out of the Dortmund side at the weekend, which has only served to fuel speculation Klopp could make an audacious bid to bring the defender to Anfield. Hummels has two years remaining on his current contract, meaning he would still command a sizeable transfer fee. The Liverpool owners may not be reluctant to delve into their pockets after a heavy summer of spending which means Klopp may have to look elsewhere.

Neven Subotic

By elsewhere, we’re talking elsewhere in the Dortmund squad. Neven Subotic has been another former Klopp player linked with a transfer to Merseyside. The Serbia international was a regular fixture under Klopp but the Liverpool manager’s successor at Dortmund, Thomas Tuchel, has handed the centre-half just one appearance this season. Subotic doesn’t have the same world-class reputation as Hummels, but the 26-year-old could provide good competition for a starting spot at centre-half. Dortmund are reported to be looking for £16m for the out-of-favour defender. Speaking to The Sport Review last month, Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein explained why Subotic was a realistic Liverpool target: “There is probably a deal to be made with Subotic, who has been out-of-favour. He is one of the few players who was personally picked by Klopp for Dortmund when he was at Mainz. Most of the players were bought by the club rather than him.”

Martin Montoya

Liverpool are considering a January swoop for Barcelona defender Martin Montoya if recent speculation in the British media is to be believed. The Spaniard moved to Inter Milan on loan at the start of the season but doesn’t appear to have convinced Roberto Mancini of his qualities. Worryingly, Montoya hasn’t made an appearance for the Serie A title contenders. The 24-year-old failed to established himself at the Catalan side, with Dani Alves ahead of the youngster in the pecking order. Liverpool have a record of signing Spanish full-backs over the past decade or so. Antonio Nunez, Josemi and Javi Manquillo are all names that Liverpool supporters would rather forget. However, Alberto Moreno has started to justify his £12m move to Anfield with a string of impressive performances under Klopp, prompting interest from Real Madrid. While Nathaniel Clyne is currently first-choice right-back at Liverpool, Montoya’s European experience could prove an asset, whilst he can also provide cover for Alberto Moreno.

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