By Coral Barry
Jonas Hector has admitted a phone call from Jurgen Klopp could convince him to move to Liverpool in the summer.
The FC Koln defender’s rise to prominence in the Bundesliga has meant he is in line to be Germany’s first-choice left-back in the European Championships and Hector has responded to speculation linking him with Liverpool.
The 25-year-old has been capped 10 times by Germany with national team coach Joachim Low joining his list of admirers over the past year.
Reports have been circulating that Klopp is eager to win the defender’s signature and Hector was asked if a call from the former Borussia Dortmund coach could persuade him to move to Liverpool.
“Then I would have to think about it [Liverpool move],” said Hector in an interview with Eurosport. “You always have to consider whether you are ready to take the next step. But at the moment I am not thinking about it.
“I think what we have to do at FC Koln is enough. I also have with the national team a big tournament ahead of us.”
Hector has made 28 appearances in all competitions for Koln this season and has demonstrated his attacking abilities by chipping in with three assists.
Liverpool’s current first choice left-back Alberto Moreno has had a mixed season, showing glimpses of form but also being guilty of a series of defensive mistakes.
Moreno’s eye for attack has sparked speculation that Klopp would prefer to move for a more defensively minded full-back in the summer.
In other Liverpool news, the Reds have been given a possible injury boost ahead of the Tottenham showdown.