​According to reports in Spain, Liverpool are interested in signing Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, as Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his back line.

Ok Diario, ​via Le10Sport, claim that Jurgen Klopp sees the Spanish international as a potential key part of his defence.

Liverpool have had a poor start to 2017 and have slipped down the Premier League out of the Champions League places

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In a terrible January, Jurgen Klopp also saw his side knocked out of the EFL Cup and the FA Cup.

The absence of speedy winger Sadio Mane hasn't helped the Reds, but most realise their main weaknesses lie at the back.

Fernandez has made over 20 appearances for Madrid this season, providing cover for the injury and suspension-prone pair of Sergio Ramos and Pepe.

The Spaniard's versatility is also a key reason Zinedine Zidane has kept him involved within the first team picture.


A graduate of their academy, Madrid are likely to want to keep hold of Fernandez but a bid of around €20m could tempt the club into selling.

Liverpool face against Tottenham at the weekend and their fixture list doesn't get any nicer to them after that.

In their four games following the Spurs clash, Klopp's men face Arsenal, Manchester City and local rivals Everton - in a run of season-defining games.