Liverpool have reportedly contacted Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic through an intermediary as the Reds look to secure a transfer for Thiago Alcantara.
The Premier League champions have been heavily linked with a move for the midfielder all summer as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen.
Thiago has insisted he has not asked for a transfer from the Bundesliga giants though former Bayern president Uli Hoeness believes the star has an agreement to depart.
Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the Spaniard, who is into the final year of his contract at Bundesliga giants Bayern.
Liverpool reportedly see rhe €30m fee that Bayern are demanding as ‘too high’ with SportBild now claiming that Liverpool are in contact with Salihamidzic via an intermediary.
The Reds reportedly hope that a lower fee can be negotiated with this being the first contact between the two clubs.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes the pursuit of Thiago is "disrespectful" to Klopp's current midfield stars.
"I think the huge clamour for Thiago is a little bit disrespectful to Liverpool's current midfield three," Carragher told Sky Sports.
"Yes he would add something different, no doubt. But if he doesn't come in, it's not the end of the world, this is still a fantastic midfield for Liverpool.
"Liverpool have got three or four players in the squad they are looking to move on.
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"It seems like they have to sell before they buy, that was the case with Dejan Lovren. He had to leave before a left-back could come in.
"Thiago would give Liverpool's midfield something different, no doubt."
Liverpool began the defence of their Premier League title with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Leeds United on Saturday.
The Reds travel to Chelsea on Sunday in their next clash with matches still being played behind closed doors.