Fresh from making Virgil van Dijk the most expensive defender of all time, Liverpool are trying to wrap up a second January deal in the form of Schalke star Leon Goretzka.
Jurgen Klopp forked out £75m to prise Van Dijk away from Southampton, though a deal for Goretzka would be significantly cheaper with the midfielder out of contract next summer.
The German can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs outside of Germany from the beginning of January and, according to Bild, Liverpool are front of the queue.
The 22-year-old is not expected to renew his current deal with Schalke despite an offer to become the club’s highest paid player ever.
That has alerted a host of European giants to his availability, with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal and Juventus all holding interest.
Liverpool are ready to make the first move, though, and can easily offer a more lucrative contract than has been tabled by Schalke.
The opportunity to work under compatriot Klopp would also be a huge draw, while the Reds have already signed one of his old friends, Joel Matip, in similar circumstances.
The centre-back moved from Schalke to Anfield on a free transfer in 2016, while the German influence at the club will grow further when RB Leipzig star Naby Keita joins next summer.
Klopp’s intention is to overhaul his midfield and partner Keita with Goretzka in a partnership that he believes can finally end Liverpool’s long wait for a Premier League title.
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