Liverpool’s defence has left a lot to be desired at times this season – with last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Manchester City a perfect illustration of just how inept the Reds’ back four can be.

To rectify this, Jurgen Klopp has begun identifying possible summer recruits with the Mirror stating that he’s keen on signing Roma star Kostas Manolas in the summer, but they face competition from Arsenal and Manchester United.

Klopp sent a scout to Rome last week to watch the Greek centre-back in action during Roma’s Europa League clash with Lyon as he prepares a summer bid.

The 25-year-old joined the Serie A club in August 2014 and has developed into one of the leading defenders in the division over the last three seasons.

Arsenal had a £35m offer rejected for him last summer with the hold up at the time being Roma would like a larger fee seeing as they owe 50% of any future sell-on fee to his former club, Olympiakos.

The clause has now expired meaning he’s become a much more affordable option for Europe’s top clubs.

With only two years left on his £25,000-a-week contract, the financial allure of the Premier League may be too good to turn down.

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