Liverpool hand may have been turned over whether Van Dijk replacement is needed

Liverpool may be tempted into signing a defender in January with Schalke’s Ozan Kabak reportedly put up for sale.

Jurgen Klopp is set to be without Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the rest of the season with the Dutchman injured.

Joel Matip has returned from the sidelines to partner Joe Gomez while Fabinho and Nat Phillips have also been used in central defence.

The Reds have previously been linked with a move for Kobak, who has impressed in the Bundesliga.

And Liverpool could now be more tempted than ever with Sport Bild claiming that Schalke could accept around £23m (€25m) for their defender.

It’s reported that finances are tight at Schalke and they have decided to put Kabak ‘in the shop window’.

The Reds could be tempted by the price with many other star defenders coming in at double the price.

Klopp is not interested in how long Van Dijk will be out for, saying: “We don’t even want to know it, to be honest. It will take time, that’s clear.

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“In the end, it’s really like this, all people are different and so we should not limit that by saying ‘for him it was that long, for him it was that long’.

“I think it makes sense from a specific moment in the recovery, in the rehab time, that it becomes individual because then everybody copes differently with it and each body. That’s why [there is] no need for [a timeframe].

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“Virgil was here, he’s okay. But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.

“But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.”

Even without Van Dijk, Premier League champions Liverpool have still impressed this season.

After eight games, they are a point behind leaders Leicester having won five matches before the international break.

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