Liverpool have already raided Southampton twice this summer, with the signings of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana. But the Saints are holding firm the third time around, not wanting to give up centre-back Dejan Lovren, who they consider their most valuable remaining player.

Liverpool, however, are understandably be in the market for an upgrade in defence, having seen just how porous their current setup is. But Lovren may prove to be out of reach, with Southampton said to want £25 million for the Croatian international.

Lallana’s signing is evidence that the club are willing to back Brendan Rodgers this summer. So with the need for a new first-choice centre-back ahead of next season, here are six alternatives to Dejan Lovren.

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