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Report: Liverpool monitoring £42million-rated Diego Llorente closely

Liverpool are closely monitoring Real Sociedad’s Diego Llorente alongside Tottenham, Fulham and West Ham United, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The Spanish news outlet reports that the 25-year-old has a €50million (£42m) release clause.

Liverpool, along with the aforementioned Premier League outfits, are tracking Llorente closely. The Reds should be in the market for a new centre back this summer.

The likes of Gomez, Lovren and Matip all boast poor injury records that will be a concern for Klopp moving forward.

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I would love to see Liverpool make a move for one of Raphael Varane or Matthijs de Ligt. The former is said to be looking for a new challenge while the latter is reportedly a target of Liverpool’s.

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Despite the huge progress the Reds have made defensively recently, there is no reason to stop improving now. Jurgen Klopp would be insuring the future of the club by making another big money defensive signing.

If I had to choose which one I would prefer to see at Liverpool, it would have to be de Ligt. He might not have Varane’s CV but he is as promising as any defender I’ve seen in the last few years.

Signing the 19-year-old would likely cost Liverpool another £75million but I think that could turn out to be a bargain in a few years.

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Alternatively, Klopp could look to sign a cheaper defender to partner van Dijk or provide cover for Joe Gomez.

He could then look to focus the funds available to him on signing a top creative midfielder and a new versatile attacker.

There is reportedly interest in Hakim Ziyech while someone like Ryan Sessegnon could provide depth for a number of positions. The young Fulham winger can also play left wing or as a left-mid.

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