Liverpool could sign David Alaba from Bayern Munich on an initial loan deal to solve their gaping defensive problem.

That is according to ex-Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a potential January swoop for the 28-year-old.

Alaba is out of contract at Bayern at the end of the season and the club president Herbert Hainer recently said that talks with the player over a new deal have collapsed after he rejected their latest offers.

It has opened the door for Liverpool and other suitors to sign one of the world’s outstanding and, certainly, most versatile, players in the new year in what would be a sensational deal.

Alaba’s many suitors know the Austrian can be signed on a pre-contract from 1 January or on a free transfer next summer.

Asked by Football Insider whether a Liverpool move for Alaba in January would be wise, Whelan said: “The one good thing about him is that Jurgen Klopp knows him well from his time in Germany, he’ll know a lot about the players that play in Germany.

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“They need somebody right now that’s going to fill a void, it might not be a permanent signing.

“It might be a loan signing, which would work for David Alaba and it would for Jurgen Klopp, just for the short term.

“They definitely needs to go into the into the market and he will bring some experience as well to the side that which Liverpool really needed in their defence.”

Liverpool are almost certain to enter the January window to sign a new centre-back after losing Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to devastating knee injuries.

Both players are facing uphill battles to even play again this season, leaving the oft-injured Joel Matip as the only senior central defender at Anfield.

In other news, Liverpool have turned their attention to signing English sensation who’s the subject of £30million bid.