Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles is a near perfect target for Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool speaks with the media during a press conference at Anfield on May 21, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

The Newcastle United captain is linked with a transfer to Jurgen Klopp's side and ticks nearly every box for Liverpool.

Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United and Hal Robson-Kanu of West Bromwich Albion battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St....

Centre-back has been a real problem for Liverpool for at least five years now.

There have been plenty of attempts to fix that, but no one has managed to stamp their authority on the position until Virgil van Dijk's enormous move from Southampton in January.

The Dutchman looks set to justify every penny of his £75million transfer fee judging by his performances thus far, and all that really remains for Liverpool is to find a partner for him.

Dejan Lovren is still remarkably error-prone, Joel Matip has struggled to offer consistency in his performances and Joe Gomez is yet to prove he is over the injuries that have blighted his career to this point.

Liverpool's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren (R) celebrates with Liverpool's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk after scoring during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool...

Finding the right man to work with Van Dijk is not as simple as signing the best player money can buy; the Dutchman appears to thrive on being the top dog in defence for Liverpool, organising the shape, taking charge of situations and leading with genuine authority.

That authority is something else Liverpool have to consider; the difference Van Dijk's confidence and determination has made is almost palpable and more of that would be incredibly desirable.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United and Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United hug each other after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on...

And that us why Jamaal Lascelles, the latest reported target of Liverpool according to the Independent, makes so much sense.

The Newcastle United defender is only 24 and still learning his way in the game but, at the same time, he has captained Newcastle through promotion from the Championship to safety in the Premier League.

Newcastle United players Jamaal Lascelles (l) and Jonjo Shelvey lift the trophy after winning the Sky Bet Championship title after the match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St...

Lascelles offers both the authority that Liverpool have found success with, while also offering potential that Jurgen Klopp can help nurture and mould towards what he wants.

We have seen what the Liverpool boss has done with Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold, and what he could do with a player with the potential of Lascelles is a very exciting proposition indeed.

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