Forget Hummels… This is the Dortmund defender Liverpool should be looking at in January

Ever since Jurgen Klopp first arrived in the managerial dug-out at Anfield earlier on this season, Liverpool fans have consistently seen their side linked with several prominent Borussia Dortmund players as a result of the recent appointment at their club.

From the no-nonsense defensive powerhouse of Germany’s Mats Hummels, to BVB’s fiery attacking wide-man in the shape of Marco Reus – the Anfield faithful have certainly been treated to a whole host of tempting transfer rumours in 2015/16, even if some admittedly remain little more than pure speculation at best.

However, although his may not be the most illustrious Borussia Dortmund name to crop up for Liverpool fans in recent weeks, Neven Subotic has nonetheless become the latest player to be linked with a reunion with his former boss at Anfield.

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The Serbian defender seemingly isn’t preferred by current manager Thomas Tuchel, and would potentially want to try his hand elsewhere after the sheer lack of first team action he has experienced at the Westfalenstadion this season.

So then, should the Reds move for the out-of-favour Dortmund man this winter, or would Jurgen Klopp ultimately be better served by looking elsewhere across the course of the January transfer window?

Well, as Neven Subotic could possibly find his services available for as little as £3.5million in January, Liverpool should arguably get this particular deal completed as soon as physically possible.

Although the 26-year-old centre-back no longer represents a first team starter for Borussia Dortmund these days, the former Mainz man nonetheless proved an integral part of BVB’s silverware inspired stint under Jurgen Klopp, helping his team reign supreme in the Bundesliga and also reach the Champions League final back in 2013.

Subotic is fairly quick on the turn for someone of his stature, he usually maintains the highest concentration levels possible throughout the duration of the 90 minutes – and when it comes to putting his body on the line when it matters most for his team – this is a player that rarely shies away from his defensive responsibilities. Even if Brendan Rodgers had in-fact managed to hold onto his job down at Anfield this season, Neven Subotic would still likely represent a decent option for the Reds to consider in January.

Whilst each of Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho have enjoyed fluctuating spell of success for Liverpool in the past, neither of the aforementioned defensive candidates truly provide the kind of standard the Reds should be aiming for in this integral period in their club’s history.

As much as the Anfield faithful partially chose to sing the praises of Skrtel and Sakho in particular, each player simply represents a mistake waiting to happen out on the pitch for Klopp, which will only harm the collective expectations of the club in the long-run.

Liverpool have been let down time and time again in the past through defensive calamities alone. Now is finally the time to address that rather inconvenient notion for Reds supporters, even if a selection of Anfield fan-favourites nonetheless have to be sacrificed in the process.

Yes, someone like Mats Hummels would obviously arrive as a preferred target for Jurgen Klopp’s side this term, but as Neven Subotic will reportedly be available for a fraction of the likely asking price for the German international this January, Liverpool should potentially move for the lesser coveted Dortmund defender before another team beats them to the chase.

For the fact that Klopp has previously worked with the 26-year-old at both Mainz and Dortmund in the past, this particular transfer deal seems like somewhat of a no-brainer. The player is question is seemingly available, wouldn’t set Liverpool back a small fortune for their efforts, and could easily help the Reds continue to improve under their new manager in the ever testing realms of the Premier League.

Liverpool have wasted far too much on glorified transfer targets in the past. The club as a whole are now left with no choice but to amend their previously questionable transfer policy, and look towards signing some genuine value for money for a change.