Liverpool are set to strengthen their defence with the signing of German international Jonas Hector, 26.
The Reds interest was piqued when their enquiry to 1FC Köln was met with a positive response from the Bundesliga club. A fee of around €30m has been mentioned and Liverpool are set to begin negotiations.
Hector proved to have nerves of steel in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Italy when having seen several of his colleagues miss, he slotted home the winning spot kick in the penalty shootout.
The adventurous left back has won 20 caps for his country and established himself as first choice for Germany. Jurgen Klopp, familiar with the player through his time at Dortmund, sees Hector forming a buccaneering full back partnership with Nathaniel Clyne, 25, on the right.
Cologne’s Player of the Year in 2014/15, Hector has been dubbed by the local press as “Mr Reliable” for the consistency of his performances. Last season, he had a record 20 crosses blocked in the Bundesliga. Klopp sees that attacking verve as he seeks to impose his gegenpress tactics on Liverpool.
Anfield was not a fortress last season and Klopp is looking for leadership and a solid backline to form the basis of that improvement. The Köln defender is seen as the perfect solution to his defensive problems.
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