Liverpool to Rival Borussia Dortmund for Basel Defender Manuel Akanji

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Basel defender Manuel Akanji has emerged as a transfer target for Premier League heavyweights Liverpool.

The Reds’ defensive woes are well-documented and Jurgen Klopp is widely expected to make certain moves during the upcoming transfer window to bolster his backline.

And even though Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk remains the top target for Liverpool, The Independent claims that Reds have set their sights on Basel centre-back Manuel Akanji who is also a target for Borussia Dortmund.

Akanji has been touted as one of the hottest prospects in Switzerland. His top-class displays for Swiss giants have altered a host of clubs but Basel are keen to keep hold of him and have no intention of selling in January.

Reds are reportedly willing to wait until the end of the season to make a move for Akanji.