Liverpool are considering a move in signing Manchester United target Dejan Lovren in the summer, according to the Mirror.
The Southampton defender was on the Red Devils' radar as David Moyes was targeting the centre-back as a replacement for Nemanja Vidic next season.
The Serbian defender is in his final months of contract at Old Trafford and has already agreed a switch to Inter Milan in the summer.
The report claims the Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has set his sights on signing Lovren at the end of the season. Liverpool have been leaking goals this season and has a worst defensive record among the top four teams, having let the opposition score 39 times this season.
The 24-year-old completed his move to St Mary's Stadium from French side Lyon in the summer of 2013. The former Swansea manager was interested in signing the central defender before he signed for Southampton.
Rodgers failed to sign Lovren last summer and his impressive form for Southampton has seen the Northern Irishman considering an approach for the Croatian international at the end of the season.
He has made 25 starts for Mauricio Pochettino's side this campaign and has bagged two goals and an assist in the process.
Lovren scored the only goal of the game during Southampton's 1-0 victory over Liverpool at Anfield.
The Reds are in a firm position to finish the season in top four and are currently leading the table with 71 points from 32 games.
Meanwhile, the Reds defender Glen Johnson believes the opponents fear making a trip to Anfield due to their impressive record in the league this season.
Liverpool lost only one game at home this season, which came during their defeat to Southampton last September.
"At the moment, teams definitely can't be looking forward to coming to Anfield to play. Three years ago, people were not so worried. But I think we're getting it back to the name and the place that people see Anfield as," Johnson explained.
"It's what we've been doing all season. We work hard and we try to put the opposition under pressure right from the beginning," the England international added.