By Pete O'Rourke

30th Dec, 2019 | 10:55am

Exclusive: Liverpool plot move to sign home-grown defender emerging as Klopp's top target

Liverpool are lining up a January move for in-form Vitesse Arnhem defender Max Clark, Football Insider understands.

Clark has shone in Holland since joining Vitesse from Hull City in the summer of 2018 and earlier this year he was included in a statistically-calculated best performing English players XI.

A source at Liverpool has told Football Insider that the Reds are in the market for a new left-back and that Clark is emerging as their top target.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is wanting to bring in cover and competition for Andy Robertson and views Clark, who played with Robertson during their time at Hull, as a potential star in the making.

The attacking left-back has scored one goal and created three assists in 17 Eredivisie games for Vitesse this term and his crossing accuracy percentage is the best in Holland’s top-flight.

The 23-year-old’s impressive performances for the Dutch outfit during the last 18 months have brought him onto the radar of a number of Premier League clubs and other sides across Europe.

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Former England youth international Clark, who featured at under-17 level for the Three Lions, is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Vitesse and the Dutch club are aware of the growing interest in the defender.

He would qualify as a home-grown player to boost the quota at Anfield if they decide to bring the former Hull man back to England in January.

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