• Saiss part of the Morocco team that qualified for next summer's finals in Russia.
  • Nabil El Zhar and Oussama Assaidi the only other players from the nation to represent the Reds.

Liverpool are keen on making a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers defensive midfielder Romain Saiss in the upcoming January transfer window, according to reports.

The 27-year-old has impressed for Championship leaders Wolves during his second season in England, making 17 appearances in all competitions for Nuno Espirito Santo's side.

Saiss moved to Molineux in the summer of 2016 for just £3m (€3.4m) and his displays are being tracked by Liverpool ahead of the winter window, according to Moroccan publication Liberation.

The former Le Harve and Clermont Auvergne man played a central role in Morocco achieving qualification for next summer's World Cup; the first time they will appear at the tournament since 1998.

Atlas Lions coach Herve Renard chooses to deploy Saiss in his defence, and to great effect. Morocco did not concede a single goal during the third round of African qualifying for the finals in Russia, with Saiss playing every minute of their Group C campaign.

If Saiss does complete a move to Liverpool then he would be destined to become the third player of Moroccan heritage to represent the Reds, following in the footsteps of Nabil El Zhar and Oussama Assaidi.

Liverpool are in desperate need of reinforcements in defensive areas with Jurgen Klopp's creaking back-line having contributed to their title challenge failing to get off the ground.

But Wolves are unlikely to want to part ways with a player who is proving crucial to their attempts to return to the Premier League for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Naturally, Saiss' attention has already turned to next summer, when he will have the opportunity to showcase his talent on the global stage.

"Last week was the best moment (of my career) because we qualified for the World Cup, the best competition," Saiss said, according to The Express and Star.

"And with Wolves we are top of the league. Everything is good at the moment – I hope we continue like this and get promotion at the end of the season. I think it's the best time in my career.

"It was amazing. Morocco waited for 20 years for a World Cup. When we came back to Morocco at the airport there were 3,000 people. The reaction was amazing.

"In Ivory Coast we had maybe 6,000 at the stadium. And Ivory Coast is far from Morocco, maybe five hours. Everything was perfect."

Romain Saiss
Saiss is a central pillar for club and country. Reuters