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Liverpool Set To Battle Manchester City For Schalke Star In January

ST GALLEN, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29: Pedro Rodriguez of Spain competes for the ball with Sead Kolasinac of Bosnia during an international friendly match between Spain and Bosnia at the AFG Arena on May 29, 2016 in St Gallen, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Liverpool and Manchester City are set to compete to sign Schalke left-back Sead Kolasinac in January, according to Sport Bild.

Jürgen Klopp has utilised James Milner in that position after growing tiresome of Alberto Moreno’s constant mistakes in the Red’s defence, but Kolasinac could provide the German with much-needed relief.

However, if Klopp’s men can successful rival Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City for the Bosnian’s signature, Liverpool can add some required strength in depth to their team in a bid to improve their title ambitions.

The 23-year-old is out of contract in the summer, so a cut-price deal is likely in January as Markus Weinzierl’s Schalke side look to prepare themselves for life without Kolasinac.

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid is pursued by Sead Kolasinac of Schalke during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

There could be more certified guarantees from the Anfield camp as to starting promises in Klopp’s eleven, with Milner unlikely to continue at left-back should the Bundesliga star join a whole host of players to leave Germany for the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Joel Matip and Loris Karius are just some of the players that the club have recruited from Germany’s top flight so Kolasinac would not be in short company in Merseyside.

However, one player that will not be arriving is Southampton’s Virgil Van Djik.

The Dutch international, who has a reported £25 million release clause, is among the highly-rated defenders in Europe, but the Daily Mail have reported that Klopp will not be focusing on finding a replacement for Mamadou Sakho next month.

Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.

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