Neven Subotic has shocked Borussia Dortmund by confirming his intention to depart the club this summer.
The Serbian played just 11 times for his club last season, and made only six league appearances, as he struggled to cement his place in the first team.
Centre-back pairing Mats Hummels and Sokratis were much preferred ahead of Subotic by head coach Thomas Tuchel throughout last year's campaign, and despite Hummels already confirming his move to Bayern Munich, it appears there is still no place for Subotic in the Dortmund team.
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"Dear friends, during the last year I realised that my love for the game of football in an active role is too big to just be able to see it from outside. Football is an important part of my life. I love it and I can’t be without it.
"I am in the best age for a football player and I want to use my time to improve myself and my team every day. And I want to have the feeling I am needed and I can give everything for my club. That is what I am thinking about.
"I do not want to earn my money on the bench, but to be an active part of the history like I was until last year. I hope you can understand that.
"Borussia Dortmund is the club of my heart and it will always be.
The news of his imminent departure will likely put Liverpool on high alert as Subotic assesses his options.
It was Jurgen Klopp who brought the Serbian to Dortmund eight years ago, so a reunion at Liverpool shouldn't be ruled out.
Klopp has already been busy in the transfer window, signing a number of stars this summer, and it was recently confirmed that Southampton midfielder Sadio Mane is on his way to Merseyside, for a deal of around £34 million, according to BBC Sport.
He will join other new signings Joel Matip, Marko Grujic, and Loris Karius in the dressing room as Klopp continues to rebuild his Liverpool side.
Should Subotic leave Dortmund during the transfer window, he will be just one of a number of big names departing the German club.
Hummels has already confirmed his move to rivals Bayern Munich, and Ilkay Gundogan has already signed for Manchester City. The German midfielder could also be joined in Manchester by midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after Sky Sports reported that a fee has been reached between Dortmund and Manchester United.
A summer clear out may be what Dortmund need to challenge Bayern for the German title next season, after they finished second, behind the Bavarian club this season.
However, offloading a number of big names means the club will need to replace them with players of a similar level, and whether they will be able to do that is yet to be seen.
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