By 90Min
October 24, 2017

Liverpool have identified Lazio and Netherlands centre-back Stefan De Vrij as the man they hope can turn around their defensive fortunes. 

The damaging 4-1 defeat against Tottenham was littered with individual defensive errors from Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in particular, as Jurgen Klopp now looks set to pursue the Lazio centre-back to sure up his shaky defence. 

Reported by Italian outlet Calciomercato, De Vrij could be available on a free transfer as his contract looks set to expire this summer, although the Reds face competition from both Juventus and AC Milan for his signature. 

Speaking post-game after his Lazio side won 3-0 against Cagliari at the weekend, De Vrij claimed: "I will meet with the club's executives, I want to sign a new deal but I can make no promises."

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With De Vrij's contract running down, Lazio could look to cash in on their Dutch defender, with a price set at between €30-35m if either Liverpool, Juventus or AC Milan wanted to make the transfer prior to this summer.

At 25, De Vrij has made 65 appearances for the 'Biancocelesti' since his €8.5m transfer from Feyenoord in 2014, whilst making over 30 appearances for the national side after making his debut in 2012. 

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