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The Reds are looking on track to challenge for the title once again, but one thing is for sure, they haven’t been dealt an easy hand with both Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk sidlined for some time.

Joel Matip and Fabinho have stepped into their shoes, while youngsters Nathaniel Phillips and  Rhys Williams have also been given a chance in recent weeks. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to strengthen in January though, and there’s a growing shortlist when it comes to those players rumoured with the switch to Anfield.

It’s a good time to start thinking about the transfer window as a fan, particularly those who like a punt with some pretty exciting transfer betting markets available currently. They’re ideal for combining with a bookmaker bonus, with many brands pushing their welcome bonuses ahead of a bumper festive period of football.

There are so many new online bookies you can sign up with today that offer free bets for the Premier League these days, and as well as backing the Reds to win the league – they’re behind Manchester City at 17/10 currently! – they can also be ideal for betting on the transfer window. But who are the defenders currently hotly tipped with a move to Liverpool?

Dayot Upamecano

A move for Upamecano would certainly be a marquee signing and many of the top European clubs are monitoring the RB Leipzig star. He has a summer release clause of £40million so the German side will be looking to cash in on him that little bit earlier for a larger price. Which is where Klopp could swoop in.

The France international is only 22-years-old so is not jst a quick fix but a signing that would improve the Reds for the long term and could form a solid partnership with van Dijk when he eventually returns to fitness.

Ozan Kabak

Another young gun that would fit into the mould at Liverpool is Schalke’s Turkish centre half Ozan Kabak. It’s been a difficult season so far for the star, with his side rock bottom of the Bundesliga having conceded 28 goals in just nine games.

That perhaps doesn’t bode well but there’s certainly potential in the 20-year-old and he would jump at the chance to move to a bigger club. What’s more, it may perhaps be a shrewder signing than Upamecano who will be keen to be a first-team regular from the off, while Kabak could be happier to play second fiddle to Gomez and van Dijk when they return, as he develops his skills and learns from them.

That’s a similar case with Brighton’s Ben White, who again would be happy to play apprentice to the first string defence and take his chance when he gets it.

Pers Schuurs

Liverpool earned a win over Ajax just days ago, and it will have been the perfect opportunity for Klopp to get a look at Pers Schuurs, the 21-year-old centre back linked with a move this winter.

Schuurs said prior to the game that he’s focused on winning trophies with Ajax, but if the call came in it would be an offer too good to refuse. He did perform well in both fixtures against the Reds and joining his national team captain may also add to the appeal of a move to Anfield.

He’s only broken through into the Ajax team recently though and is largely unproven at the top level, so it wouldn’t come without its risk either.

Milan Skriniar

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be interested in Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar, with Tottenham said to be closest to his signature.

However, Liverpool could also be tempted to put a bid in for the 25-year-old Slovakian. He’s been a regular in the heart of defence at Inter and if he does go to Spurs, it would only strengthen their title charge, so it could be a good move all round for the Reds.

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