David Alaba is being tipped to make his way to Liverpool during the January transfer window, with former Bayern Munich star Mario Basler seeing the Austrian providing cover for the injured Virgil van Dijk at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to dip into the winter market for defensive reinforcements after seeing a prized asset on Merseyside suffer knee ligament damage, with Van Dijk facing up to several months on the sidelines after undergoing surgery.
In his absence, Liverpool have also seen Fabinho and Joel Matip pick up untimely knocks – presenting academy graduate such as Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams with opportunities to impress.
They have caught the eye at the heart of the Reds’ back four, but a more experienced option will likely be sought at the turn of the year.
Alaba may be a candidate that Klopp considers, with the 28-year-old seeing contract talks break down at the Allianz Arena.