Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip suffered serious injuries at different stages of this season and the Liverpool trio are unlikely to feature again this campaign.

The situation has seen the Reds consider bringing in a new centre-back in the summer and one of the candidates is Inter Milan’s Stefan De Vrij.

A month ago, Corriere dello Sport reported the English club are ‘prepared to present an offer’ for the 29-year-old.

He left Lazio and moved to the San Siro on a free transfer in 2018, when the Sports Entertainment Group [SEG] managed the defender.

Earlier reports stated the Nerazzurri paid SEG €7.5m in commission, their client had to take lower compensation. FcInterNews explain the centre-back became aware of this, which is why he replaced SEG and appointed Mino Raiola as his agent in 2020.

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The super-agent has set up the procedures with Inter to renew De Vrij’s contract until 2025, including a net salary of €4.5m per season.

The ongoing dispute between the Netherlands international and his former agents will have no bearing on his renewal with Antonio Conte’s side.

It’s claimed clubs from outside Italy, particularly Liverpool and Barcelona, carried out polls with the super-agent.

Despite the approach made by Jürgen Klopp’s side and the Spanish club, De Vrij is happy to continue with the Serie A winners, and the renewal is expected to be ‘formalised’ in the coming weeks.