Ben Chilwell
Mo Diame of Hull City (R) challenged by Benjamin Chilwell (L) of Leicester City during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Leicester City at KC Stadium on 27 October  2015 in Hull, England Getty

Liverpool are preparing a move for Leicester City youngster Ben Chilwell in January, with Jurgen Klopp looking to spruce up his defensive options. The Reds are understaffed in defence, with a myriad of injuries to key players and need to add some back up in the upcoming transfer window.

The Telegraph reports that Liverpool are preparing a £4m ($6m) bid for the England U-20 international, who is currently on loan at Huddersfield Town. The defender is yet to make a single Premier League appearance but Klopp is looking to swoop for the player as soon as possible, with Arsenal also in the hunt to spruce up their options at the back.

The Gunners reportedly had a £3.5m bid rejected in the summer and are likely to come hunting yet again if the player is deemed to be in the market. Tottenham are also reportedly keen on bringing the player to White Hart Lane but Leicester are quite unwilling to sell, having decided to end his loan spell and bring him back at the King Power Stadium following an injury to Jeffrey Schlupp.

Liverpool scout Barry hunter has watched the player extensively this season and has given Reds the go ahead to pursue their interest in the player. The Merseyside club already bought a promising left-back last summer in the form of Joe Gomez but the youngster is set to miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Martin Skrtel is out for more than a month with a hamstring tear while Dejan Lovren is just back after recovering from a deep laceration in his knee. Kolo Toure is primed to look after defensive duties at the back alongside Mamadou Sakho, who is just back after missing more than a month with a knee injury.

The Reds are currently 10th in the table, eight points behind fourth placed Tottenham but have a chance to close the gap on the north London club when they travel to Sunderland on Wednesday, 30 December.