Liverpool could anger Mourinho with transfer move for Van Dijk replacement

Liverpool could move for a man who nearly joined Tottenham last month, according to ESPN.

The Reds are facing the prospect of being without Virgil van Dijk for the vast majority of the season, if not the whole campaign, and although the understudies for the Dutchman have all impressed to varying degrees, they are likely to be on the lookout for a top quality central defender in January.

Joe Gomez has excelled since becoming the senior man in the back line, with midfielder Fabinho, unheralded Nat Phillips and teenager Rhys Williams all doing well when called upon to play alongside him.

Joel Matip is set to return from injury to face Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday, but the Cameroonian’s injury record can’t often be relied upon.

Skriniar was strongly linked with Tottenham

With all of that in mind, Jurgen Klopp has seemingly turned his attentions to the Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, who was targeted by Spurs boss Jose Mourinho before the closure of the summer transfer window.

The ESPN report details that Spurs held “lengthy negotiations” with Inter in a bid to sign the defender, who came with an lofty price tag of around €60million.

Skriniar has often been compared to his fellow Slovakian Martin Skrtel, the former Liverpool defender, but possesses a better quality on the ball than the 35-year-old, who starred for Istanbul Basaksehir against Manchester United in the Champions League last week.

Klopp is reportedly keen to beat Mourinho to the defender

Spurs eventually moved for Swansea’s Joe Rodon having failed in their attempts to sign Skriniar, although Mourinho is still known to be a fan of the 25-year-old.

It remains to be seen whether his price tag will have dropped significantly should either club make a move for him in the New Year, but Skriniar could end up on a couple of Premier League shopping lists.

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