Liverpool fighting Everton with ‘insistence’ over Serie A defensive rock

Liverpool are in a transfer battle with Everton for the signing of Torino defender Gleison Bremer, according to one Italian journalist.

The Premier League champions are currently suffering from a shortage of senior options at the back. Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both out with long-term injuries, and Joel Matip has also suffered regular setbacks.

It has left Jurgen Klopp scrambling for reinforcements. So far, he has turned to academy graduates like Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams – a strategy he seems likely to continue.

However, some pundits have warned that not making a signing in January to address their absences in defence would be a major gamble in their effort to retain their title.

Therefore, reports continue to link the club with a number of defenders – even if the message from the club is that they are not looking to make signings.

The latest name to emerge as an option is Bremer. The Brazilian has impressed for Torino in Serie A over the past couple of seasons.

Liverpool were linked with Bremer earlier this month. If that interest was genuine, it appears it remains.

According to Matteo Pedrosi of Corriere Granata, Liverpool are still keen on Bremer. They have apparently identified him as someone who could cover for their absences.

Torino, for their part, are already looking for replacements in case Liverpool make an offer. The Reds are yet to do so, though.

Everton to rival Liverpool for Bremer

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Another suitor for Bremer is Liverpool’s local rivals Everton. Both clubs were interested in him during the summer and Corriere Granata now claim that interest has not faded.

Liverpool are apparently leading the race ahead of their rivals, though. The report says the champions are tracking Bremer “with some insistence”.

Bremer ticks the box that Liverpool are looking for in terms of an aerially strong defender.

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The 23-year-old was also a target for Fulham in the summer transfer window. However, they eventually signed Joachim Andersen instead.

That does not mean his future will not lie in the Premier League, although it remains to be seen if anyone will bid in January.

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