Surely Liverpool should challenge Manchester giants for Jérôme Boateng this summer

Jerome Boateng of Germany runs with the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Germany and Sweden at Fisht Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

Manchester City and Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing the Bayern Munich ace, but Liverpool should join the party.

Stuttgart's French defender Benjamin Pavard (R) and Bayern Munich's defender Jerome Boateng vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between VfB...

According to a report from the Mirror, Manchester United and Manchester City are all set to battle it out for the signature of Bayern Munich's Jérôme Boateng this summer, but surely Liverpool should join their north west rivals in the race for the centre-back.

The Germany international joined Bayern from City in the summer of 2011, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £12.4 million, and he has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best central defenders in world football.

Luis Muriel of Sevilla is tackled by Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between Sevilla FC and Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Ramon...

The Germany international could be sold this summer, according to a report from the Mirror, however, with both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho keen on bringing him to Manchester.

Surely Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp should attempt to hijack his rivals' interest in Boateng, though, if he has true ambition of guiding his side to their first top flight title since 1990.

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Standing at 6ft 3in tall, the 29-year-old is incredibly strong in the air, and would surely form a formidable partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Reds' back-line.

Boateng is also immensely strong, but do not be fooled, his game is not entirely based around pace and power.

Bayern Munich's defender Jerome Boateng (L) and Hanover's striker Niclas Fuellkrug vie for the ball during the German First division Bundesliga football match Bayern Munich vs Hannover 96...

The German is one of the best ball-playing centre-backs in the game, and with Klopp's preference for his team to play out from the back, he seems to be ideally suited to the setup at Anfield.

He is available for around £50 million this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News, and if Liverpool flex their muscles once again by bringing him to Merseyside, it could be a real statement of intent from Klopp's side heading into the new Premier League season.

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