Liverpool

Liverpool will need to sell at least a couple of centre-backs before they sign any new defenders, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender delivered his verdict as the Reds stepped up their chase of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.

Anfield Central report Liverpool have reached a verbal agreement with the German outfit over the transfer of Konate.

This site understands they are also working on a cut-price deal for loan star Ozan Kabak as his parent club Schalke are in the midst of financial issues.

If both Konate and Kabak were added in the summer it would leave Liverpool with seven senior centre-backs and Rhys Williams who has enjoyed a run in the first-team this season.

“You probably need four first-team centre-halves and in that, you’d include Nat Phillips as one of the younger players,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Let’s assume Virgn Van Dijk comes back from injury fit and Joe Gomez the same. You’ve then got Ben Davies, you’ve got Kabak, Joel Matip and Nat Phillips, that’s six. 

“How many centre-halves do you need? What’s viable to keep for your squad?

“If Van Dijk and Gomez come back fit, I can definitely see a couple going out, that’s for sure.

And Rhys Williams. These players, when they’ve had a taste of first-team opportunities, they might think ‘You know what? No. I need to get out of here because we need something else, what we need is first-team football.’ That’s what it comes down to.

In other news, a Liverpool player transfer is all but done after proven star reaches “verbal agreement”.