Tuttosport reports, via the Daily Express, that Liverpool have made an offer for Lazio’s Dutch defender, Stefan de Vrij.
Liverpool are allegedly keen on providing Klopp with defensive recruitment in the forthcoming January transfer window.
It is reported that Jurgen Klopp is hopeful of signing more defenders in the upcoming window, and his defence has been an area of considerable concern this season. Accordingly, the Reds have allegedly approached Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij. The 25-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and Liverpool are therefore able to sign the Dutchman on a pre-contract agreement next month.
Nevertheless, it seems that the Merseyside club require immediate defensive reinforcement and thus they’ve made a bid to sign the Dutchman on a permanent basis. In addition to Liverpool, Atletico Madrid have also made an offer, while de Vrij is allegedly attracting the interest of Juventus and Barcelona.
Liverpool’s need for defensive recruitment is strikingly apparent as they’ve conceded 23 goals in 20 league games this season, an average of more than a goal every game in England’s top flight. For a team that are itching to be considered as one of the best in the division, this is utterly unacceptable.
The addition of de Vrij – who is valued at £24.3m by transfermarkt.com – would unquestionably increase the quality of Liverpool’s defence, and it would serve to help negate some of the issues that have thwarted the Reds’ defence this season.
The 25-year-old is lauded for his unwavering concentration and his propensity to score goals. In 18 Serie A games for Lazio this season, the centre-half has scored three goals. Thanks to his experience and defensive guile, his arrival would augment the standard of Klopp’s defence.