By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool sent scouts to watch Hoffenheim defender Fabian Schar and are confident that a deal can be struck, according to a report.

The Daily Star claims that the Merseysiders sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old centre-back while he was with Switzerland during the recent international break.

The European side faced Andorra and Hungary, earning a 2-1 win and 3-2 victory.

Schar played the full 90 minutes of both clashes and even got on the score sheet with a penalty against Andorra.

It is stated that Schar is rated at £9million, but Hoffenheim are unwilling to let him go in January, meaning that a summer move looks the more likely to happen.

It is claimed that Italian giants Inter Milan are also interested in him, but it is also believed that boss Jurgen Klopp has admired Schar since the player was at Swiss giants Basel.

The German boss also has a good knowledge of the Bundesliga and will know the qualities that he could bring to his side.

Schar still has three years left on his contract and has made four appearances for his club in the new campaign, but he could be set to make the same move as former Hoffenheim ace Roberto Firmino did in the summer of 2015.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are set to lose the race to sign Uruguay sensation Joaquin Ardaiz.