With a little over three weeks to go until the January transfer window opens, the rumours are starting to fly thick and fast. And according to Germany's Bild, at least one deal could be wrapped up in short order for Liverpool, maybe even before the window officially opens.
That deal is for out of favour Borussia Dortmund centre half Neven Subotic, a regular under Klopp who the manager brought over from FSV Mainz. Subotic has fallen down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel, with the 26-year-old starting just once this year after averaging 35 appearances per season in his first seven.
It's a situation the centre half isn't happy about, and though the club value him as depth, they are reportedly willing to let him move on in January for a fee of between £3-4M. It's no surprise Liverpool are now being touted as favourites to pay up and get the deal done in short order.
"It's an unusual and difficult situation," Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc said this week. "He's dealing with it all very professionally, but he's not happy. There are strong indications that he will say his farewells in January, and there are always messages from England that Klopp would take him."
According to Bild, there's a roughly 60% chance that's exactly what happens and that Subotic ends up at making the switch to Liverpool in short order. The only question is where he would fit in at Anfield. Even when he was playing regularly, Subotic wouldn't have offered a clear upgrade.
He was always a Klopp mainstay, though, even if he was never the standout star of the Dortmund defence, and he's young enough as a defender that he could still have his best years ahead of him. If he's willing to fight it out for minutes, at a cost of only £3-4M he would be a hard player to turn down.
And that's even without the Klopp connection. Add that to the mix along with Dortmund seeming to have made peace with his imminent departure, and it's easy to see why Bild think a deal is likely.