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Rafa Honigstein exclusive: Liverpool likely to sign Nevan Subotic

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Football expert Rafa Honigstein believes there could be a deal in place for Jurgen Klopp to bring Borussia Dortmund defender Nevan Subotic to Anfield.

The 26-year-old Serbian has only featured once for Dortmund this season and, with Liverpool extremely light defensively, it's a deal that would suit both parties.

There has been much talk about which of his former players Klopp will attempt to sign from Dortmund and Honigstein believes Subotic is the one most likely to join him on Merseyside.

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"The chairman at Dortmund has said that Klopp wouldn't target any of his players," Honigstein told GiveMeSport.

"I think there is probably a deal to be made with Nevan Subotic, who's a bit out of favour. He's one of the few players that was personally picked by Klopp when he was at Dortmund from Mainz."

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BUILDING A GOOD DEFENCE

In Klopp's first press conference as Liverpool manager, he spoke about the importance of building a strong defence at his new club.

"The first thing, always, maybe in life, you need to have a stable defence. That’s the first thing, always," Klopp said.

"Because you can only stay confident in a game when you know not each offensive move of the other team is a goal."

GOALS AGAINST

The Reds condeded 48 goals last season and 50 the campaign before - a figure that ultimately cost them the league title, and one that Klopp will look to improve.

Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho appear to be the German's first choice pairing with Dejan Lovren as third choice. Kolo Toure has suffered injuries in his two previous appearances for the Anfield side and this looks to be his last season at the club.

Meanwhile, young Joe Gomez is likely to be out for the rest of the season.

PRIORITY

Therefore, signing another central defender has to be a priority for Klopp. Subotic is a player the 48-year-old knows very well having handed him his professional debut for Mainz and then making the Serb his first signing as Dortmund manager in the summer of 2008 - something he could repeat at Liverpool.

Subotic went on to have a fantastic Dortmund career under the German, forming a formidable partnership with Mats Hummel as they went on to win consecutive league titles and reach a Champions League final.

It seems highly likely that Subotic will soon be playing under Klopp for the third time in his career as the manager attempts to bring in players he knows well.

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