Jurgen Klopp could bring Neven Subotic to Liverpool - Raphael Honigstein

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Since taking charge of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a number of his former Borussia Dortmund stars.

While Klopp would undoubtedly love to bring the likes of Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan to Anfield, many of the reports seemed to be borne out of hope rather than substance.

But, according to the BT Sport expert Raphael Honigstein, there is at least one Borussia Dortmund star who could realistically make his way to Merseyside when the January transfer window opens.


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No, it is not goalscoring supremo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or their inspirational, World Cup-winning captain Mats Hummels. It is Neven Subotic.

The Serbia international has been shifted to the substitutes' bench by new manager Thomas Tuchel, who has instead chosen to start Sokratis Papastathopoulos alongside Hummels.

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Out of favour

So far, Subotic has started just one Bundesliga game and, having enjoyed first-team privileges under Klopp, will surely be looking to leave the Westfalenstadion if the situation doesn't change.

Honigstein, speaking to The Sport Review, has suggested that Klopp's close relationship with Subotic makes him the most likely player to join him at Liverpool.

He said: “His former CEO and chairman at Dortmund said Klopp wouldn’t target any of his players.

“There is probably a deal to be made with Subotic, who has been out-of-favour.

“He is one of the few players who was personally picked by Klopp for Dortmund when he was at Mainz. Most of the players were bought by the club rather than him.”

Admiration for England

The link is further strengthened by the fact that Subotic has recently aired a desire to try his luck in the Premier League at some point in his career. The 26-year-old, speaking in April, said the aggressive nature of English football makes it an attractive proposition.

"I can still imagine playing in a league someday which rates physical football," he said. "The game in England is tougher, more aggressive and more physical -- in a sportsmanlike sense. As a centre-back, I don't always want to fear just touching an opponent."

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