Journalist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast that Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been offered the chance to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos this month.
Sokratis has worked with Klopp before. They were both at Borussia Dortmund between 2013-2015.
However, as things stand, Sokratis is still an Arsenal player. According to Romano, Liverpool are yet to decide if they are going to sign a centre-back this month.
The aforementioned news was cited by Anfield Edition.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Sokratis has not made an appearance in the Premier League this season. However, the 32-year-old was decent for the Gunners last season.
Sokratis averaged a WhoScored player rating of 6.82 in the Premier League last season, which highlights that he is capable of playing in England.
With the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip currently all injured, Sokratis would be a player that could fill a void for the time being.
At 32 years of age, Sokratis’ career is coming to an end. With that being the case, we doubt that he would have any issues being a squad player once the aforementioned names return from injury.
Sokratis’ contract expires in the summer, which means that he is a free agent come the end of June.
Therefore, Liverpool would not be forking out a big transfer fee for Sokratis in January.