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Liverpool’s recruitment team think that David Alaba is simply too small to play for them and he is no longer a target for the club, the Independent report.

There have been claims that Liverpool have offered a contract to Alaba, who will become a free agent in the summer already.

However, the Independent’s update suggests these claims are wide of the mark.

Your Club’s WEIRDEST January Target

Your Club’s WEIRDEST January Target

They say that Liverpool made contact with the Austrian international, who was labelled as ‘outstanding’ Joshua Kimmich (Bundesliga’s official website), last summer, but backed out of a deal after Kostas Tsimikas was signed.

The Reds don’t feel that Alaba would be their ideal choice at centre-back, as they think he is too weak aerially to play there for them.

In Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams, Liverpool currently have a collection of towering central defenders.

Alaba’s strengths are very different, as he is more comfortable when the ball is on the ground.

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And with Liverpool now stocked at left-back, the Reds apparently don’t feel that Alaba would be a good fit.

That may prove a disappointment for Liverpool supporters, who were enthused over the prospect of seeing the 28-year-old, who won the Champions League last season, join them.

But Klopp apparently has his eye on other targets, although it is unlikely any of those options will be signed this month.

In other news, Celtic handed transfer blow as Premier League defender completes move