Centre Backs seem to be a never ending issue for Liverpool since the departure of Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger a few seasons ago but so the links to other Centre Backs is not a surprise…

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Centre Back – Jamaal Lascelles of Newcastle United

Lascelle is having a stand out season with Newcastle as they look to push towards the Championship title. The English U21 Centre Back is set to be looked at by both Liverpool and Premier League leaders Chelsea as they both push for a move for the young CB. Liverpool sent scouts to watch Lascelle play against Birmingham and were said to be very impressed. Rafa Benitez, former Liverpool manager and now Newcastle manager, has rebuked claims that the Englishman is on his way out of the club to one of the Premier League big boys.

Centre Back – Virgil Van Dijk of Southampton

£50mil for a player seems a tad excessive but when it is a position that needs to be strengthened, why not? Van Dijk has been a constant link to Liverpool and was set to eventually move to the Reds in the January Transfer Window but seemed to be all paper talk. Liverpool, especially if Champions League is guaranteed, will almost definitely move for the Dutchman in the Summer to play alongside Joel Matip in the heart of Liverpool’s defence.

-YM