- Liverpool are reportedly looking towards the direction of former Arsenal defender Sokratis
- The ex-Dortmund star terminated his contract at the Emirates by mutual consent with six-months left to go
- The Reds have been having defensive problems this season following injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip
Sokratis Papastathopoulos has emerged as a surprise target for Liverpool following their defensive problems of late, Daily Mail reports
The Reds have been hindered with injury problems to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip who are all defenders.
This has forced Fabinho and Jordan Henderson to play in their unnatural positions at the back and has cost the Anfield giants a couple of matches this season.
The inexperienced Rhys Williams has been entrusted with activities at the back but his mistake against Man United at the FA Cup tie put a sword through Liverpool's chances in winning a treble this season.
The Merseysiders last won a match on Boxing Day where they walloped Crystal Palace by 7-0 at Selhurst Park and have gone five games without a win ever since then.
German gaffer Jurgen Klopp has made no secret about his interest in signing a defender before the January window closes and he has set his eyes on Greek defender Sokratis.
The 32-year-old is a free agent after ending his remaining six-month contract at the Emirates by mutual consent last week.
Sokratis last featured under Mikel Arteta in August and the former Dortmund star is looking ahead to rejoining his former boss Klopp at Anfield.
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However, reports claim Liverpool are yet to make a formal bid for the Greece international who is likely to return to his homeland to play for Olympiacos.
Klopp once joked about Sokratis that he was not sure the defender wanted to kill him in 2019 and he took it as a compliment from his former boss.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Liverpool were dumped out of the 4th Round of the FA Cup following the 3-2 loss to rival Man United at Old Trafford.
The Reds have now failed to win their last five matches in all competitions as they head straight to north London to take on Tottenham in a Premier League fixture.
Klopp's men committed blunders that cost them the game and the German has stated that he is leaving no stone unturned when they face Jose Mourinho's Spurs.
Source: Legit Newspaper