Liverpool rivalled by Bundesliga outfits in chase for Dortmund star

Liverpool will be forced to compete with Hamburg in their bids to sign Borussia Dortmund star Neven Subotic, according to reports from Hamburger Morgenpost.

The 27-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and eventually lost his place to teammate Sokratis Papastathopoulos.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp shares a close relationship with the centre-back from his time in charge of Dortmund and was keen to lure him to Anfield during the January window.

They instead completed a loan deal for Queens Park Rangers ace Steven Caulker last month, but could be prepared to make another move for Subotic during the summer.

Media outlet Bild claims that he could be available for around the £3.8million region, but Klopp is expected to face tough competition from Hamburg.

According the club’s sporting director Peter Knabel, his side are prepared to offer the defender regular football in order to convince him of a transfer.

“We have looked into this matter in the winter. Subotic is one of the most prominent players on our radar,” he said.

“The player is in a difficult situation. We are aware.

“He wants to play and, naturally, wonders about his future. But we have confidence in our squad.”

The Serbian only managed to feature in three league matches while making two Europa League appearances so far this term.