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Marcelo, Upamecano and Konate all ‘eyed’ in January

Liverpool eyed moves for Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, as well as Lyon defender Marcelo.

The Reds eventually strengthened their backline on deadline day with Preston’s Ben Davies and Schalke’s Ozan Kabak both joining.

But, according to Dave Maddock of the Daily Mirror, the Reds eyed plenty of other defenders before moving for Davies and Kabak.

Maddock’s article states:

“For Liverpool, the list was apparently endless – Upamecano and Konate from RB Leipzig were sounded out at various points before the window closed, Lille’s Sven Botman was considered in a complicated deal involved Divock Origi.

“Then there were aborted attempts to sign Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car, who even got to the airport, and also Lyon defender Marcelo, who was reported to have turned down an offer of a six month contract.

“Only Upamencano though, would have been a shoo-in to go straight into the team (though Marcelo would have done a job), and he remains a long term target.”

Lyon’s Marcelo battles Sergio Aguero for possession (Image: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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