LIVERPOOL are favourites to clinch the signing of Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi.
That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the defending Premier League champions at 6/1.
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Jurgen Klopp had previously declared it unlikely that Liverpool would sign a defender during the January transfer window.
But he's been forced to reevaluate the situation after Thursday's 'serious' injury to Joel Matip.
The German international, who partnered midfielder Jordan Henderson in defence against Tottenham, was forced off with suspected ankle ligament damage.
He joins long-term absentees Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines.
Quizzed after the win if he's changed his position over a new defender signing, Klopp said: "If you have a centre-half available at a reasonable price, and one with the quality we need, then send me a message."
Klopp reaffirmed that in today's press conference ahead of Sunday's visit to West Ham.
He added: "I am not sure there is an £80million centre-back available at the moment and a club thinks ‘We can get £80m for him so we will sell him'.
Shkodran Mustafi next club – Betfair
- Liverpool – 6/1
- Barcelona – 8/1
- Manchester United – 10/1
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"I don’t think that’s the case. Actually, pretty much I know. This calibre of player the teams would not sell them now.
"We need to find the right player and one which suits our financial situation, that’s clear as well."
Arsenal have already offloaded one defender this January with Sokratis Papastathopoulos joining Olympiakos on a free transfer, despite links to Liverpool.
But it's unlikely they'll stand in the way of 28-year-old Mustafi, who's played just 43 minutes of top-flight football this season.
His contract is set to expire in June 2021 and could be the ideal stopgap for Klopp's Merseyside outfit.
However, Betfair claim there's competition for his signature before Monday's deadline with Barcelona priced at 8/1.
Manchester United are a double-figure 10/1 to pinch Mustafi for a relatively modest fee with six months left on his deal in north London.
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