Kostas Manolas would be a cheaper alternative to Virgil Van Dijk for Liverpool

Atletico Madrid's Argentinian midfielder Augusto Fernandez (R) challenges Roma's Greek defender Kostas Manolas during the UEFA Champions League group C football match between Atletico...

The Roma man could be a better option for Liverpool than the Southampton star.

Manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media during the Liverpool FC Press Conference at Anfield on August 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Reds boss Jüren Klopp will be desperate to bolster his defensive ranks during the January transfer window, and whilst ace Virgil van Dijk remains the German's number one target, the Saints' refusal to sell could mean that he has to explore different options.

With this in mind, a useful alternative for them could be Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas, and a cheaper one at that.

The 26-year-old has recently had a €37 million (£32.7 million) release clause inserted into his current deal with the Serie A giants, according to Italian media outlet Pagine Romaniste, and that would represent fantastic business for Liverpool, should they make a move for him.

Croatia's Nikola Kalinic (L) vies with Greece's Konstantinos Manolas (C) during the World Cup 2018 play-off football match Greece vs Croatia, on November 12, 2017 in Piraeus.Kostas Manolas

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Manolas is a wonderfully cultured defender. He is a fully accomplished passer of the football, strong in the air, and quick along the ground.

Standing at nearly 6ft 3in, the Greece international possesses the type of frame required to be a success in England, what with the robust nature of the Premier League.

He is also highly experienced in playing at the very highest level, having joined Roma from Olympiacos three years ago. 

Kostas Manolas of AS Roma celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and AS Roma at Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 5, 2017 in Florence, Italy.Kostas Manolas

Manolas has played 140 games over the past three years - a statistic that highlights his robust nature, and that is something that is a prerequisite for any Klopp signing, what with the German's insistence on a highly intense style of play.

And if he manages to bring the Greek centre-back to Anfield, it could turn out to be a signing of real significance for Liverpool.

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