Liverpool could smash their transfer record to sign Kai Havertz

Thomas Lemar was a narrow escape for Liverpool

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Ten years ago today, Liverpool drew 1-1 with Stoke to close to within a point of sixth-placed Aston Villa in the Premier League, with Robert Huth's late equaliser leaving Rafael Benítez huffing around the place amid a window where the only new arrivals were freebie signing Maxi Rodriguez along with youngsters Christopher Buchtmann and Vitor Flora.

Klopp's reluctance to tinker with his winning team was evident last summer when the Reds only signed a back-up goalkeeper in Adrian.

Liverpool may have signed Takumi Minamino already this month, but it seems Klopp is unwilling to rest on his laurels, with Havertz's name in the frame.

The 20-year-old Germany worldwide has impressed at the German outfit since making his breakthrough into the first team in 2016.

The report suggests that Jurgen Klopp has identified the German global as a priority signing and Liverpool are now showing the strongest interest in luring the player away from Leverkusen. Though the 28-year-old can also play full-back, Mikel Arteta has £6m and a cheeky smile for PSG's Layvin Kurzawa if he's willing to come and help fill the left-sided void left following Kieran Tierney's shoulder injury.

Havertz has been linked with a move to Anfield for some time so it's no surprise to see the rumours resurface and he'd be a superb addition to Klopp's squad if they were able to get a deal agreed - which would realistically only happen in the summer. There's something clear: "if you want to be a star in Germany, you can't go wrong with Bayern".

This fee would smash Liverpool's current transfer record, which stands at £75 million following Virgil van Dijk's switch from Southampton in January 2018.

The good news for reigning Champions League winners is that they are now one of the most attractive destinations in football.

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