Paper Talk: Napoli president claims Liverpool are in centre-back talks

Date published: Friday 15th January 2021 8:46 - Robert McCarthy

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A new centre-back target has emerged for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, while Arsenal have decided to walk away from a deal to sign a new playmaker, according to Friday’s transfer gossip.

NEW CB TARGET EMERGES FOR KLOPP

Liverpool are reportedly interested in Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic, as Jurgen Klopp looks to bolster his defensive options before the January window shuts.

According to a report on Sky Sports, as cited in the Daily Mirror, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis claims that Klopp’s men are exploring the possibility of signing Maksimovic.

The Reds have been rocked by injuries at the back this season, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out long-term. Joel Matip has also been struggling with numerous different issues.

That has led to Klopp using the likes Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips, while Jordan Henderson has also filled in.

Several names continue to be linked with a switch to Merseyside, including the likes of Ben White, Sven Botman, Ozan Kabak and David Alaba.

However, it would appear that Maksimovic has emerged as a genuine contender to head to Anfield.

 

The 29-year-old Serbian international has stood out during the injury absence of former Reds target Kalidou Koulibaly.

He joined Napoli in the summer of 2017 when he made the switch from fellow Serie A outfit Torino.

Maksimovic has racking up 85 appearances for the club and played 13 times in all competitions this season.

His contract also expires at the end of the season, meaning he could be available for a bargain price this month.

The report does add, however, that after initial enquries, Liverpool are yet to follow-up their interest.


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