By Paul Robinson

14th Jul, 2020 | 7:10pm

Exclusive: Liverpool tipped to sign defender after big Times transfer update

Paul Robinson has tipped Liverpool to sign a new centre-half this summer with Dejan Lovren heavily linked to quit.

The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was adamant the Reds would need to sign a replacement for the 31-year-old were he to leave.

The centre-half has just 12 months left on his contract but the club are expected to trigger a one-year extension that would see him tied down until the summer of 2022.

However, The Times claim that such an extension would just be to raise the Croatian defender’s value and that a transfer away from Anfield is firmly on the cards.

Nathaniel Phillips, who has spent the season on loan at Stuttgart, will return to Merseyside this summer but regardless, Robinson expects the Reds would enter the transfer market if Lovren were to leave.

“I think they will replace him,” he told Football Insider.  

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“Joe Gomez has come on leaps and bounds with Van Dijk next to him and Joel Matip looked a good player in the early part of the season.

“Lovren has had some very good performances next to van Dijk but if he is to leave Liverpool will strengthen.

“Lovren has played a fair chunk of the games this year so if they are to lose him they will need to replace him.”

Klopp, when speaking on the Croatia international’s future, said: “He is a very important part of the squad.

“We have four centre-halves and we play usually with two of them, but we have needed all four always.”

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