Despite reports surfacing this week linking Liverpool with Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, they can be considered baseless at this stage.

The Reds are likely to pursue another central defender in the summer transfer window, with Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren both struggling for fitness throughout this season.

With Ragnar Klavan set to turn 33 in October, and Joe Gomez only turning 21 in May, Jurgen Klopp would be wise to add another option to his ranks ahead of another busy campaign in 2018/19.

Whether this is a first-choice centre-back to partner Virgil van Dijk or another squad player remains to be seen, but it is highly unlikely to be Lenglet.

Spanish publication Sport reported on Monday afternoon that Barcelona had “already made contact” with their Liga rivals over a possible €45 million move.

They claim that “Real Madrid and some English clubs have been looking at signing him,” which swiftly prompted speculation over Premier League suitors.

Unfortunately between the initial report and Sport‘s follow-up on Tuesday morning touting Liverpool with a bid certain wires have been crossed.

TEAMtalk, a notoriously dubious source, relayed that the Reds “have been credited with an interest” in Lenglet, which likely stemmed from the Mail‘s speculative report back in November.

This was subsequently cited by the Liverpool Echo among others, who were in turn used as reference by a host of outlets including Liverpool’s official…

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