Liverpool are interested in Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, according to Empire of the Kop

Any move is likely to wait until next summer, however, when the 23-year-old is likely to be allowed to leave the Bundesliga club.

Deployed most often as a holding midfielder, the Reds have tracked the progress of the Gladbach star and could make a move next summer.

A fee of around £45million has been touted as enough to sign the Swiss star, although, with a current deal that runs out in 2022, Liverpool’s chief negotiators will be keen to chip away at that figure.

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The Premier League champions’ current occupant of Zakaria’s most prevalent position at the base of midfield is Brazilian star Fabinho, and whilst a replacement is not being sought, a high-quality backup could be useful.

Zakaria has made 96 appearances for the five times German domestic title winners, scoring eight times.

A teammate of Xherdan Shaqiri at the international level, the defensive midfielder has been a mainstay in the national side since his debut in 2016, making 28 appearances.

Whilst not one for the immediate, Liverpool have a recent history of getting their business done well in advance, meaning this one could well materialise.