Lille defender Sven Botman has admitted that he's flattered by rumours linking him with a move to Liverpool.

The Dutchman was one of a number of names said to be considered by the Reds in the January transfer window before the arrival of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies on deadline day.

Liverpool strengthened at centre-back after season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, bringing in Kabak on loan from Schalke and Davies in a £500,000 deal from Preston North End.

Despite a number of links, Botman wasn't considered by the Reds in the winter window.

However, the 21-year-old he admit he would have been interested in a move to Anfield had the rumours been true.

He told The Athletic : “It is a good compliment when you hear these clubs are interested. I’m lying if I say it’s not interesting me — it’s the first time such big clubs are linked to me — but it was early days because in January I was only at Lille for half a season.

"It was nice to hear but I was focusing on Lille and I’m still doing this. After the season I will enjoy a vacation and see what happens next.

“If I’m honest, the Premier League is one of the leagues I dreamed about… but also Serie A, La Liga, the Bundesliga. The Premier League is something special. It’s the football I really like and that fits me. The style of play, the emotion; I really like to see the fans with such big emotions in the stands. It is a beautiful competition I really like to watch and did for pretty much all my life.

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He added: “I’m not the kind of guy who is already planning for the future. How it’s going with me now, I hope to someday make a good step to a top competition or a big club; that’s my goal. But I’m good at the moment with Lille. I’m really enjoying this year, I’m enjoying playing a lot. I learn a lot and I still have to improve a lot. I’m not complaining about my situation right now, I’m happy at the moment.

“For my ambitions, yes, of course I want to achieve as much as possible. I hope to make a big, beautiful step for me. We’ll have to see in the future if that is possible or not.”