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According to le10sport, Liverpool are monitoring the progress of RC Lens defender Loïc Badé as they look for defensive reinforcements.

The French news outlet add that AC Milan are also eyeing the 20-year-old, who is contracted to the Ligue 1 side until June 2023.

Le10sport add that Badé could become highly sought after in the summer if he keeps up his current level of performance.

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By all accounts, the Sèvres-born centre-back sounds like a huge prospect.

The defender’s teammate at RC Lens, Ignatius Ganago, recently waxed lyrical about him.

Ligue 1’s official website quotes Ganago as saying: “He’s what? 20? And when you see him on the pitch, he’s so confident and reassuring that you think he’s 26 or 27!” 

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An interesting comparison is also mentioned in Ligue 1’s official feature on Badé.

The French top-flight’s official website mentioned that he has been likened to Real Madrid colossus Raphaël Varane.

That alone is very, very high praise.

The France international – who came through RC Lens’ academy himself – is a World Cup winner, as well as a three-time La Liga champion and a four-time Champions League winner.

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He is arguably among Europe’s best centre-backs.

In that respect, if Badé is being compared to him, then Liverpool seemingly have a massive defensive prodigy in their sights.

The thought of a talent such as Badé being coached by Jurgen Klopp, while learning from Virgil van Dijk, is a mouthwatering prospect.

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