Genk suffered defeat against Liverpool twice in the Champions League this season and Sander Berge played the full 90 minutes in those two matches.
Following the Jupiler Pro League side’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield in November, VG in Norway reported Jürgen Klopp told the midfielder he’s a ‘very interesting player’.
A week later, Genk sporting director Dimitri De Condé claimed the Reds are following the Norway international ‘carefully’.
Napoli host the Belgian side in the final group stage tie and RTBF journalist Pascal Scimè told Kiss Kiss Napoli about the Merseyside club’s interest in the Genk star.
“Liverpool want him. In January he can go. First offer of €15m was refused. Napoli? He is a player who would fit more in the Premier League than in Serie A,” Scimè was quoted as saying by CalcioNapoli24.
Scimè’s comments don’t make it clear whether the €15m offer was made by Liverpool or Napoli.
Meanwhile, De Condé admitted Genk won’t block Berge from leaving the club in January, if he insists on a move.
“Berge? We are all aware of the fact that he is the most important player in Genk, but he is generally the most important talent in Belgian football,” De Condé told Si Gonfia la Rete, as relayed by CalcioNapoli24.
“We will not do anything to clip his wings and if he wants to go, it is right to satisfy his ambitions. Many clubs, including Napoli, are interested in him. We’ll see how the market evolves.
“Berge is a defensive midfielder who occupies, for instance, the position of Jorginho in the field, but he has different characteristics from Jorginho. He is better at sitting in front of the defence.”
De Condé’s comments should come as encouragement for Liverpool, if they are keen on acquiring Berge’s services next month.