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Report: Liverpool monitoring situation of MLS star Aaron Long

Liverpool are monitoring the situation of New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long in regards to a possible loan deal, according to reports.

This comes from ESPN. They believe that Long represents a viable short-term option to alleviate a Liverpool defensive back-line that has been decimated to its core this season.

Jurgen Klopp has lost all three of his senior centre-backs this season, as well as makeshift defender Fabinho. And as a result, Liverpool have been left with just Jordan Henderson, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams as cover.

The Reds boss confirmed that Liverpool will indeed enter the market for a centre-back before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday.

ESPN report that Red Bulls had yet to receive any formal offers for Long, with Liverpool still yet to reaffirm their interest in the 28-year-old defender.

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Long, who is captain of the United States national team, is expected to be allowed to leave the club on a short-term loan with the MLS currently suspended until April as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Sky Sports report that West Ham made Long the subject of interest last January, but the New York club refused to sanction a move.

Meanwhile, ESPN adds that Championship side Reading also are interested in signing the 102-capped MLS defender.

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If Liverpool are to pursue a move for Long, then they will be boosted by the Reds’ long-standing relationship with his the club’s parent company Red Bull.

FSG and Red Bull have a well-established mutual respect for one another in terms of how their sporting enterprises are structured.

Liverpool have directly benefited from Red Bull, too, following the successful acquisitions of Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino from RB Leipzig and Sadio Mane, who was previously on the books at RB Salzburg prior to his move to Anfield from Southampton.

So, with time running out, Liverpool could utilise their relationship with Red Bull to their advantage once again. It certainly could benefit all parties involved.

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