By Will Butcher
Liverpool were among a number of European clubs to make an offer for Hoffenheim’s commanding young centre-back Niklas Sule during the summer, according to a report.
The 21-year-old was high on Jurgen Klopp’s radar after playing an integral part in the Bundesliga outfit’s fight against relegation, and helping his team to a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.
German newspaper Bild claim Liverpool were one of seven clubs to make offers for Sule, with Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Roma, Napoli and AC Milan also tabling offers for Hoffenheim’s number 25.
However, the Frankfurt-born defender told Bild that he didn’t want to leave Hoffenheim this summer.
“I need my familiar environment and I have to constantly play at my level even further,” Sule told Bild.
Sule’s stock has never been higher after making his senior national team debut against Finland on August 31. He started before being substituted for Leverkusen stopper Jonathan Tah on the hour mark with his team 1-0 up. Finland scored an own goal in the 77th minute to make the final score 2-0.
Former Dortmund manager Klopp improved his central defence this summer, after losing stalwart Martin Skrtel and with doubts surrounding the future of Mamadou Sakho.
Liverpool signed Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip, from Augsburg and Schalke respectively.
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