While the Dutchman is still keen on a move to Anfield, Manchester City are now targeting the former Celtic star and that’s likely to ramp up the price for Liverpool.
Vrsaljko, a right-back by trade, has struggled to break into Atletico’s side but his arrival could mean Joe Gomez can deputise in the middle rather than an unorthodox full-back slot.
Klopp is likely to be handed around £50m to invest in his squad in January and Simeone’s recent comments has alerted the Reds to Vrsaljko’s availability.
‘Sime is a big player and all big players have a value,’ said Simeone.
‘We are happy when other clubs look at our players, this is normal and it is positive for us.’
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According to the Sun, Liverpool face competition from Italy for the defender’s signature but are willing to meet Atletico’s £22m valuation of the full-back.
Nathaniel Clyne is not expected to return to action until February after undergoing back surgery in November.
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