Liverpool have received a major boost in their pursuit of Neven Subotic after the defender confirmed his intention to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. The Serbia international fell out of favour at the club under Thomas Tuchel and is not keen on sitting on the bench for another season.
The 27-year-old defender has spent the last eight years of his career at the Signal Iduna Park, and formed a string partnership with Mats Hummels at the heart of the back four. He had an injury-hit 2015/16 season, which saw him lose his place to Sokratis, which has prompted the defender to announce his departure despite the former securing a move back to boyhood club Bayern Munich earlier in the summer.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to bolster his backline ahead of next season, with Dejan Lovren and the incoming Joel Matip the only centre-backs within the ranks at the moment. Martin Skrtel is likely to leave the club this summer, while Mamadou Sakho faces an uncertain future after failing a drug test, which saw him miss the latter stages of last season.
The German coach knows Subotic's qualities well after working with him during his stint at Dortmund and according to The Sun, the Reds are set to re-kindle their interest to bring the defender to Anfield this summer. Subotic has two more years remaining on his current deal, but is pushing for a move in search of regular first-team football.
"Football is an important part of my life, I love it so much and without whom I would not be. I am now in my prime as a footballer and naturally want to use this time to bring me and my team every day forward."
"I want to be able to give everything for my team. That's what has made up my mind. I don't want my money to be earned on the bench, but to be an active part of a story as I was until last year," the Serbian defender explained.
"I hope you can understand and understand that BVB is my heart club and always will be."