Jürgen Klopp is set to make a move for German under-21 international Niklas Süle in the summer, as he looks to bolster Liverpool’s ailing back line, according to the Daily Mail.
Liverpool have been exposed on numerous occasions throughout the campaign and most emphatically against Sevilla in the Europa League final last week, and it is thought Klopp is looking to move swiftly to address his defensive woes.
And with the futures of Martin Skrtel, 31, and Kolo Toure, 35, both looking increasingly uncertain, coupled with the possibility of a long term absence for Mamadou Sakho after he failed a drug test, Klopp reportedly sees defensive reinforcements as essential transfer business this summer.
The former Dortmund manager has already snapped up Schalke defender Joël Matip on a free transfer.
Matip has made over 190 appearances for Die Königsblauen, and the seasoned Bundesliga defender and Cameroon international will be a welcome addition to the Anfield club, providing imposing height and a surprising amount of pace to the Liverpool back-line.
And Süle is another German giant, standing at 6ft 5, and despite his tender age of 20 he has already made 69 first team appearances for Hoffenheim and 10 for the German under-21 side.
Süle is renouned for his timing in the tackle in addition to his imposing stature, and he could well be easily swayed to seek pastures new this summer, with Hoffenheim again fighting off relegation this past season and more recently star man Kevin Volland made the switch to Bundesliga rivals Bayer Leverkusen.
Süle may well be looking to make the next step in his career, and Klopp will be looking to make sure that step takes him to Anfield.