Liverpool started negotiations with 26-year-old La Liga centre-back

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It’s hard to picture a Reds that could improve on the 2019/20 vintage, but the capture of a €45m talent could help the German tactician do just that. Reds are willing to pay the buyout clause for Real Sociedad central defender, Diego Llorente.

Although there’s a suggestion that the La Liga giants are under no financial pressure to sell the Spanish defender, if his buyout clause is met, then there’s little that La Real can do other than try to persuade the player his future is still in San Sebastian.

The lure of Champions League football, playing alongside Virgil van Dijk, who came oh-so-close to a Ballon d’Or win, and under Klopp, who looks to be universally admired by his players, maybe too much for Diego to resist.

Challenging for the biggest prizes could also put him front and centre when it comes to selection for the Spanish national team, so Sociedad could well find themselves fighting a losing battle. Liverpool signed Takumi Minamino from RB Salzburg during the winter transfer window.

Jurgen Klopp wants to strengthen the back-line during the summer transfer window. Dejan Lovrej heavily linked with several European clubs.