Liverpool send scouts to watch former Real Madrid star

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Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Diego Llorente as they consider bolstering their defensive ranks.

 

The central defender currently plays for La Liga side Real Sociedad having started his career in Real Madrid’s youth system.

Unsurprisingly fierce competition at the Bernabeu saw him spend time on loan at Rayo Vallecano and Malaga between 2015-2017 and manage just three first-team appearances for the club.

He joined Sociedad on a permanent deal following the second of his loan spells and has since made 39 appearances across all competitions.

Cadena SER claim Liverpool sent scouts to watch Llorente in both his match against Levante as well as Spain’s 3-2 defeat to Croatia – the latter in which he remained an unused substitute.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez
Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez – image by Liverpoolfc.com

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It seems unlikely Jurgen Klopp will be looking to strengthen his defence having seen his back line perform outstandingly over the opening months of the season.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez continue to tease signs of building an unbreakable long-term centre-back partnership, whilst Dejan Lovren remains a capable alternative when required.

Klopp also has Joel Matip at his disposal again following his injury woes last season, although the 27-year-old is still someway off his top form.

One potential reason for seeking defensive reinforcements is Lovren’s history of niggling injuries, with the Croatian having already missed 10 games across all competitions this season due to various fitness issues.

It remains to be seen if Klopp plans on adding to his squad at all come the turn of the year.

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