FC Cologne admit they will have to consider offers for Jonas Hector should Liverpool come in for the player during the summer transfer window.
Hector, 25, sparked talk of a move to Anfield in March when he revealed he would entertain the idea of a transfer if Jurgen Klopp were to reach out to him at the end of the season.
The Germany international has been a mainstay in the Cologne side and at international level over the last 18 months. While the Bundesliga team remain determined to hold on to one of their key assets, head coach Peter Stoeger admits that if the player does want to leave, the club will have to sit down and discuss the move.
"Now I do not need to talk about something that maybe happens in the summer coming," Stoeger told Kicker. "If somebody should offer us a three-figure million sum, we would probably give in. If a two-figure million sum is offered, we would consider it. And if Jonas Hector says that he no longer feels at home here, we would have to also deal with it."
Alberto Moreno's wavering performances this season have fuelled talk of a search for another left-back. Liverpool have already agreed to sign one defender from the Bundesliga, with Joel Matip set to arrive from Schalke when his contract expires in July. Hector is apparently open to joining him.
In a recent interview with Eurosport, Hector said: "You always have to consider whether you are ready to take the next step. But at the moment I am not thinking about it. I think what we have to do at FC Koln is enough. I also have with the national team a big tournament ahead of us."
But when asked if a call from Klopp would help change his mind, he responded: "Then I would start to think about it."