Report: Liverpool want Tarkowski or Newcastle captain Lascelles

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates after his side score their third during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on December 26, 2017 in...

Jurgen Klopp reportedly wants two new centre-backs at Anfield with Premier League giants Liverpool aiming to raid Burnley and Newcastle United.

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates after his side score their third during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Swansea City at Anfield on December 26, 2017 in...

Liverpool spent a world record £75 million on bringing Virgil van Dijk to Anfield in January but that does not mean manager Jurgen Klopp is finished reshaping his defence.

According to the Independent, the Champions League finalists are eyeing two more centre-backs this summer as they aim to provide added competition for Van Dijk and the improving Dejan Lovren.

It is understood that Klopp is a fan of the coveted Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles, who excelled in his first full Premier League season as Rafa Benitez’s Magpies finished in tenth position.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle celebrates after scoring the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Leeds United at St James' Park on April 14, 2017 in...

Lascelles, who was perhaps unfortunate to be left out of England’s World Cup squad, is valued by Newcastle at around £30 million and is also on the radar of Chelsea, according to the Mirror.

The Independent add that another highly-rated defender who will be left at home by Gareth Southgate this summer is on Klopp’s shortlist, too – James Tarkowski.

James Tarkowski of Burnley is seen during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on January 1, 2018 in Burnley, England.

The 25-year-old was a revelation as Burnley exceeded all expectations and qualified for Europe for the first time in their history in 2017/18. Tarkowski, who joined from Brentford in 2016, comfortably replaced the departed Michael Keane at centre-back and was rewarded with an England debut back in March.

Liverpool currently have Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan on their books but their futures are likely to come under question amid these latest reports.

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