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De Vrij in: This is the backline that will help Liverpool challenge for the title next season

Liverpool supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last week or so after seeing their side all but secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after thrashing Porto 5-0 in the first leg of their last 16 clash on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men went into their meeting with the Portuguese giants off the back of comfortably beating Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League a few days earlier, a result which moved them to within two points of second place Manchester United. And the Reds continued their decent run on Wednesday as a hat-trick from Sadio Mane as well as strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino sealed an easy win for the Merseyside giants, all but booking their spot in the last eight ahead of the return leg in a fortnight’s time.

Thus, there have been many happy Liverpudlians in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping that their team can build on Wednesday’s routine success with another at home to West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Reds fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that reported target Stefan De Vrij will not sign a new deal at Lazio to extend his current deal beyond the summer.

The 26-year-old made the move to the Stadio Olimpico back in 2014 and has since played 100 games for the Italian giants, 31 of which coming last term to help the club to fifth place in Serie A, and thus a spot in this season’s Europa League.

Yet it appears that his time at Lazio could be coming to an end as reports suggest that he will not sign a new deal with the club, in news which is likely to delight Klopp and the Reds hierarchy given they have reportedly expressed an interest in the Netherlands international in recent times.

And were De Vrij to indeed make the move to Anfield this summer, this is the Liverpool backline that could well lay the foundations for a Premier League title challenge next season…

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