Liverpool are looking at a number of central defensive options on transfer deadline day


After sealing a £ 2m deal for Preston’s Ben Davies, with Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car a possible target, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could still sign a second central defender.

As they deal with a defensive injury crisis, the Croat, 24, is one of a variety of solutions being discussed.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez were joined on the injury list by Joel Matip.

Also absent for Sunday’s 3-1 win at West Ham was Fabinho, who was a deputy in support.

In 21 league games for the game at London Stadium, Klopp called his 12th separate center-half pairing, with Jordan Henderson alongside Nathaniel Phillips.

Arsenal’s Shkodran Mustafi, like Schalke’s 20-year-old Turkey international Ozan Kabak, is also a possible target for the Anfield club.

Following a medical, the capture of Davies, 25, is expected to be completed and Liverpool is pleased to add it after Celtic was assured that they had secured him on a pre-contract deal.

The left-sided defender came through the youth system of Preston and has had spells with York, Southport, and Newport on loan. He’s supposed to have a Liverpool medical on Monday.

Burnley was also involved, but Preston was not keen on selling a local competitor, it is known.

As part of a double deal, Bournemouth also considered an offer, including Ben Pearson, though Sheffield United was also in the mix – but Davies jumped at the opportunity to transfer to the Premier League champions.

With add-ons worth up to £ 1.1 million relating to first-team appearances and any other milestones he contributes to, as well as any England honors he might earn, the Reds will pay £ 500,000 upfront.

It is also assumed that if Liverpool makes any profit on a potential contract for Davies, there is a sell-on clause for Preston.

As part of the contract, Liverpool’s 19-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg is set to join Preston on loan.

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