Liverpool have been tipped to repeat their recent raid of German champions Bayern Munich and sign David Alaba.
This past summer, the Reds pulled off a major coup by luring Thiago Alcantara away from the Allianz Arena.
The Premier League champions signed the former Barcelona man for a cut-price fee, acquiring his services for a meagre £27million.
And former Bayern midfielder Mario Basler reckons the Merseysiders could pull off another huge raid of the current European Cup holders by landing Alaba, who is set to become a free agent in the summer.
“The story with Alaba should really end with him going away,” Basler told Sport1-Fantalk.
“Maybe he’ll go to Liverpool. They have big problems with the injury to Van Dijk and the cruciate ligament rupture.
“He’s supposed to be out for a long time, and I think there’s a big need (to strengthen) in the central defender position.”
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Liverpool are said to be interested in acquiring the left-back's services, with reports claiming the Reds could sign the 28-year-old for £30million in January.
If the Merseysiders wanted to be frugal, they could wait until the summer to try and bring the full-back to Anfield.
The emergence of Canadian Alphonso Davies has led to Alaba being deployed in roles different to his traditional left-back position.
Despite Davies being the Germans' first-choice left-back, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is confident Alaba will extend his stay in Bavaria.
"First of all, I have to say about David that he had a great season," Rummenigge told Sky Germany in August.
"It was born out of necessity that he had to play at centre-back because we had several injuries, and then Hansi Flick put him in this position. He did it with flying colours.
"We haven't had a 'chief' in defence for some time now, one who really takes the reins in hand and sets the tone there and simply acts as the head of the defensive unit – he did that.
"This has been seen especially in these coronavirus times. In these empty stadiums, his instructions showed how well he organised it at the back.
"Even with his style of play he is a very, very important player for us, we don't need to talk about that.
"I am nevertheless optimistic that at the end of the day we will find a solution that David will even end his career here.
"He is the first player to play again at this level like Franz Beckenbauer back then, taking the reins. I think David knows what he has at Bayern, and we know what we have in David."
Alaba and his Bayern team-mates will be back in action on Saturday evening, travelling to the Westfalenstadion to take on Borussia Dortmund.
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