Liverpool are preparing a move for Kevin Grosskreutz in January as Jurgen Klopp looks to shore up his defence with Borussia Dortmund's utility man. The German was set for a move to Galatasaray on deadline day but an anomaly in paperwork scuppered the deal, leading to the player not being able to play for the Turkish club thus far this season.

The Sunday People states that Klopp is still not at ease with Liverpool's defensive options and Grosskreutz's ability to play in various positions in defence and midfield makes him an exciting prospect for a move in the upcoming transfer window. The Reds have done well thus far under Klopp, winning important games against Manchester City and Chelsea, but came up short against teams in the lower echelons of the league, pulling up against the likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle in recent games.

The German is looking for a solution to his problems in Turkey, having transferred to the club for a fee in the range of £1.5m ($2m) but his inability to get on the pitch is affecting his confidence. Klopp, who had used him in a variety of positions at Borussia Dortmund, would be more than willing to bring him to Anfield, given that he will fit comfortably in Liverpool's pay structure and vision for the future. Arsenal were interested in the player last January and had made a bid that was eventually rejected.

Liverpool are currently on 23 points, nine points adrift of a title tilt and five behind the Manchester clubs joint in fourth spot. Their 2-0 loss to Newcastle United on Sunday 6 December has led to major questions over their consistency, having recently smashed Southampton 6-1 at the St Mary's.

Alberto Moreno's wrongly disallowed goal aside, Liverpool failed to have a single shot on target, a performance unbecoming of a team aiming for England's top honours. The Reds face Sion next in the Europa League on Thursday 10 December where a win will see them through into the knockout stages.