Liverpool are considering a summer move for Torino defender Gleison Bremer, with the player hugely admired by both Jurgen Klopp and Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, according to reports. The 23-year-old has impressed for the Serie A outfit this season, making 19 appearances in Italy’s top flight and earning five clean sheets in the process.
Liverpool are on the hunt for defensive reinforcements ahead of next season to avoid a repeat of their current struggles in the absence of first-team regulars Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
The defending Premier League champions have been linked with a number of big names in recent months, including Bayern Munich-bound Dayot Upamecano and Sevilla star Jules Kounde, who is reportedly a target for Manchester United.
However, it appears that they could turn to Bremer as a long-term solution, according to Tuttosport.
The report states that Liverpool have been interested in the Brazilian for some time and have not stopped tracking his progress with a view to a potential move.
Klopp’s attention was drawn to the player when the Reds faced Torino in a pre-season friendly three years ago, with the German boss even asking the club’s hierarchy to launch an approach for his services.
Despite the move failing to come to fruition at the time, Liverpool are still hopeful of striking a deal as a result of their ability to offer Bremer a fourfold increase to his current salary.
Torino would prefer to keep hold of their star man, and are said to be preparing to offer him a new and improved contract to keep the Merseyside club at bay.
If Liverpool finally decide to act on their interest at the end of the campaign, they could face stiff competition from local rivals Everton, who are also long-term admirers.
Toro News has claimed that the Toffees are hoping to rival their neighbours in the hunt for Bremer during the summer.
Klopp is believed to be planning a rebuild at Anfield in order to mount a renewed Premier League title bid next season.
Bremer is primarily a left-sided centre-back and could enjoy an effective partnership with Van Dijk at the back for Liverpool upon the Dutch star’s return to action.
He began his career in his native Brazil, with positive spells at Desportivo Brasil, Atletico Mineiro and Sao Paulo earning him a £5million move to Torino in the summer of 2018.
The defender has now been tasked with helping to keep the Serie A hopefuls in the division, with Il Toro just five points clear of the drop zone with 15 games to go.
Liverpool were forced into finding quick-fire solutions to their defensive crisis in the January transfer window, with Ozan Kabak joining on loan from Schalke and Ben Davies making a permanent switch from Championship side Preston North End.
Neither player has managed to set the world alight in the weeks since, with the latter still yet to make a Premier League appearance.
He was overlooked in favour of Nathaniel Phillips when Jordan Henderson was forced off with an injury in Saturday’s Merseyside derby defeat.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have the option to buy Kabak once his temporary deal expires at the end of the campaign, but seem likely to send him back to Germany in order to focus on other targets.