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Liverpool’s latest transfer target has already replaced Joe Gomez

Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on Aston Villa defender Ezri Konsa, as Jurgen Klopp looks at further defensive reinforcements at the end of the season.

Klopp conceded that his side will not win the Premier League title, after their latest defeat left them 13 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Much of the Reds’ problems have stemmed from their horrific injury issues in the centre of defence.

Virgil van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October, while his defensive partner Joe Gomez was ruled out with a similarly serious knee injury.

Liverpool have been without van Dijk and Gomez for the majority of the season

Midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have both been utilised in defence, while Klopp also sanctioned the arrivals of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak in January.

Kabak had his first taste of English football during the 3-1 defeat to Leicester City, with the Schalke loanee colliding with Alisson to allow Jamie Vardy to score the Foxes’ deciding second goal.

With that in mind, Liverpool could look at making a more high profile signing in the summer, with Konsa believed to be on their radar.

Konsa has been in fine form for Villa this season

The Athletic report that the champions are ‘studying’ the 23-year-old, who replaced Gomez when he made the move from Charlton to Liverpool in 2015.

After breaking into the Addicks team in place of Gomez, Konsa earned a move to Brentford before joining Villa at the start of last season.

Konsa has been in fine form this season, helping Dean Smith’s side register 12 clean sheets in their opening 22 Premier League games.

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Along with hs centre-back partner Tyrone Mings he is in the conversation to be named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s delayed Euro 2020.

The report suggests that England bosses could hand him a call-up in the near future, while he is also eligible to play for Portugal and Angola at international level.

Konsa has a contract with Villa until 2023 and could be offered a new deal to follow in the footsteps of Mings and club captain Jack Grealish.




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