It is understood that an approach from Liverpool for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano would make “economic and playing sense”.

The Reds are currently in a defensive crisis with centre-back pairing Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk both expected to miss the majority of the remainder of the season.

Liverpool are expected to delve into the transfer market to remedy their problems in January.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is being linked with a move, though he is likely to come at a premium, having been priced out of a move in the summer to Anfield.

Instead, Jurgen Klopp is expected to turn to Leipzig’s Upamecano, who is seen as one of the best young defenders in the world.

Liverpool are thought to be considering making a move for Dayot Upemacano

Upamecano mainly plays at centre-back, but has also been utilised as a defensive-midfielder.

And Liverpool have been keeping tabs on the France international for a while, according to the Mirror.

It’s thought that the links between Leipzig and Liverpool remain strong, and a move would make “economic and playing sense”.

Previous reports have also claimed that Upamecano is at the top of any lists they have of potential defensive targets.

Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are set to both miss a large chunk of the season for Liverpool
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are set to both miss a large chunk of the season for Liverpool

Liverpool confirmed that Gomez is expected to miss the majority of this season with a tendon injury to his knee.

"The issue was isolated to Gomez's tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments," Liverpool said.

"No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21."

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Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate admitted the injury was "probably a consequence of the number of games that have been played".

"We are always for player welfare and to lose a player in the way that we did yesterday, it was really tragic for the boy," he told ITV.

"There needs to be a look at the calendar."