Liverpool have reportedly contacted agent Mino Raiola in recent months as they look to sign Stefan de Vrij from Inter Milan.
The Reds are struggling with injuries this season with defence arguably the hardest hit for Jurgen Klopp.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are in battles to play again this season while Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold have also spent time on the sidelines.
It means the Premier League champions may look to strengthen come January, though it seems they have been eyeing a deal for some time.
FC Inter claim that Liverpool, as well as Manchester United, have contacted Raiola over a move for De Vrij.
The 28-year-old is a team-mate of Van Dijk for the Netherlands and has regularly impressed in Serie A.
De Vrij is now set to extend his Inter contract, which is believed to make him one of the highest earners at the club.
De Vrij previously praised Liverpool star Van Dijk, saying: “He is a strong defender. I can learn from him.
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“On and off the pitch he is a good person. It is always nice to play alongside him.”
Klopp previously said he was not thinking about the transfer window amid his injury problems.
The Reds boss said: "If we can do something in January I have no idea. If we want to do something in January I have no idea. We'll just have to see.
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"That we look for solutions and the transfer market – that is clear – but in the moment we have the situation we have.
"I don't want to compare situations but when I came to Dortmund in 2008 my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter and we played with them for that entire time. Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.
"We have talent here. They are young – 18, 19, 23 – and we have more experienced players, so we will see. Everybody has a chance.”
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