Liverpool want to sign 25-year-old Serie A defender in January – report

Liverpool are planning to target Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window, according to reports in Italy

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Liverpool are planning to launch a bid to sign Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij in the January transfer window, according to reports in Italy.

Il Tempo, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, is reporting that the Merseyside outfit are hoping to sign the Netherlands international to improve their defensive problems.

The same article states that Liverpool are hoping to capitalise on De Vrij’s contract stand-off with his current employers Lazio.

According to the story, the Italian club want to place a €45m buy-out in the centre-half’s proposed new deal, but the Dutch centre-half is pushing for the clause to be in the region of €25m.

Of course, Liverpool targeted De Vrij’s compatriot Virgil van Dijk in the summer transfer window but Southampton refused to entertain the possible sale of the 26-year-old.

The former Celtic defender even handed in a transfer request at the Saints but Liverpool’s Premier League rivals held firm and Van Dijk remained at St Mary’s beyond the summer transfer window.

Liverpool have conceded 12 times in seven games in the Premier League this season to raise serious questions about Klopp’s defence ahead of the visit of Manchester United at Anfield this weekend.

The Reds signed four players in the summer transfer window.

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