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According to Sky Sports, Liverpool have looked into signing Napoli centre-back Nikola Maksimovic.

Kaveh Solhekol revealed yesterday that Aurelio De Laurentiis – Napoli’s president – told Jim White that the Reds had asked about the Serbian.

However, Solhekol stated that the Italian side’s president hadn’t heard anything from the Merseysiders recently, following their initial enquiry.

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While Maksimovic is 29 years of age and doesn’t represent a long-term investment for Jurgen Klopp, he sounds highly thought of.

As the Daily Mail state, the Bajina Bašta-born centre-back has been likened to his fellow Serbian Nemanja Vidić back in his homeland.

Seeing as the former Manchester United man was a complete and utter colossus, this comparison bodes well for Maksimovic.

Interestingly, the Napoli defender has already attracted interest from these shores.

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Back in September, talkSPORT revealed that West Ham had bid £14 million for Maksimovic, with Fulham also keen on signing the 25-cap Serbia international.

In our view, this is one for Michael Edwards and Klopp to avoid.

Why? Well, as aforesaid, signing a 29-year-old simply doesn’t represent a good investment, especially when only a short-term fix is needed.

Eventually, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez will return.

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When do they, why would Liverpool then want to be stuck with a defender who turns 30 in a matter of months?

It would be much more sensible for the Reds to sign a younger option.

Failing that, it would even make more sense to keep handing opportunities to Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips, rather than sign Maksimovic.

That way, at least Liverpool’s defensive prospects will continue to have their development aided by first-team football.

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