COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool should reignite their interest in Neven Subotic after his transfer to Middlesbrough broke down.
The Northern Echo claim that the Serbian defender’s £8million move has collapsed and it is unlikely that a move will be revived.
This opens the door for Jurgen Klopp to swoop for yet another player he knows so well from the Bundesliga.
The Anfield manager has already signed goalkeeper Loris Karius and defensive duo Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip from the German top flight and a fourth player from the league where Klopp made his name would strengthen a weakness in the squad.
Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez will miss the start of the season with Achilles’ injuries, which follows the exits of battle-hardened Premier League veterans Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure.
Klavan, 30, will partly fill the experience void left by the latter pair and has the pedigree to suggest he can be a useful addition to the squad.
But Subotic offers the even more enticing prospect of a player with the capabilities of competing with Dejan Lovren – suddenly the undisputed first-choice Liverpool centre-back – Matip and Sakho for a regular starting place.
The Serbia international, still only 27, is an undoubted class act. Under Klopp’s guidance, Subotic starred in a Dortmund side which won the Bundesliga twice, the German cup and two German Supercups.
His valuation is not astronomical, especially as he has two years remaining on his Dortmund contract.
The one concern, and it could have been a key factor in talks with Boro breaking down, have been his recent injury problems.
The centre-back spent the end of last season sidelined with a thrombosis problem and it is believed that Boro may have been unsure whether the defender was worth taking the risk on.
Relatively inexpensive, experienced but a perfect age for a centre-back and potentially working for a manager who knows his game inside out. Subotic to Liverpool makes perfect sense.
In other Liverpool transfer news, Inter Milan stars Gary Medel and Marcelo Brozovic could become the two newest members of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.