Liverpool may look to strengthen their defence in January after losing Virgil van Dijk to a long-term injury. 

The Dutchman suffered a ligament injury in the Reds’ 2-2 draw against Everton earlier this month.

Over the weekend, the Mirror reported the Merseyside club have opened talks with Schalke over Ozan Kabak transfer for €22m, that followed on from earlier claims around Europe.

Sport1 in Germany have relayed these claims and provided the Bundesliga side’s stance on the centre-back.

They state ‘it’s no longer a secret’ the English champions have their eyes set on the 20-year-old after looking at him in the summer. 

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It’s claimed there have been talks between the two clubs about the Turkey international in the past, but Schalke never received any official proposal from Jürgen Klopp’s side for the defender. 

Schalke retain an intention to keep their ‘exceptional talent’, but their ‘economic situation’ [debt more than €200m] could force them to open the door for a transfer. 

Sport1 explains the German club will ‘not let Kabak go below’ €35m, which is €13m more than what the Mirror reported on Saturday. 

Whether Liverpool are ready to meet Schalke’s demands remains to be seen.