Dejan Lovren almost left Liverpool for AS Roma last summer in a deal which would have reportedly been worth as much as £15m, so it is no surprise that potential replacements are being linked with moves to Anfield heading into the summer transfer window.

The Croatian has played 14 times for the Reds this season - including nine times in the Premier League and three times in the Champions League - and has proven useful when the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have been out with injuries.

So, should he depart Anfield this summer after six years with the club, there is no doubt that a replacement for the Reds’ fourth choice central defender must be found.

Atletico Madrid’s Jose Gimenez, RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni are all reportedly being monitored, according to recent reports in Spanish outlet AS.

Gimenez, though, apparently has a release clause of €120m, so that would be far from a straightforward deal to complete.

Upamecano, meanwhile, has been linked with a £60m-plus switch to Arsenal in the last few months - again, an expensive option.

Bastoni, 20, is the youngest of the trio and has made 21 senior appearances this season for his current side. But he signed for Inter from Atalanta as a 17-year-old for a fee of £28m and is regarded as one of the most promising young stars in Serie A.

Not one of those options appears to be likely given the extortionate price tags that would be attached to each of them.

On the Analysing Anfield podcast, David Hughes offered a different option that could potentially be useful for the Reds.

Ben White, currently on loan at Leeds United from Premier League outfit Brighton, is someone they have been linked with before.

Hughes said: “He’s a versatile defender who can play centrally or as a wing-back.

“He has a really good footballing IQ, he can pass the ball, and it helps that he is playing for Leeds - they like to get the ball down and play.

“He ‘s only got an aerial duel success rate of around 52 per cent which is fairly low - and Liverpool can often face long balls.

“That’s something he will need to work on but he is still only 22.

“You are going to have to pay a lot to get him, with his age, what he is worth to Brighton and with him being English.

“It would be good to see him develop in that environment for another year or two - if he did come this year, he would probably need a bedding in period.

“For me - and this is the sticking point because Brighton wouldn’t let him go for this - I wouldn’t want to go over £30m.

“Anything above that would be too high because there are too many variables.”

Even at that price, though, White would be significantly cheaper than the other players being touted with a switch to Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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