Liverpool are keeping an eye on the progress of Middlesbrough youngster Dael Fry, according to the Northern Echo.
Jurgen Klopp had his scouts watch the 21-year-old closely last season, whilst Burnley are also interested in signing the centre back.
Fry, who has also played at right-back, made 34 appearances for Boro last season as they failed in their quest to reach the Championship play-off places.
He stepped up following Ben Gibson’s departure to the Clarets and caught the eye with a string of performances that belied his tender years.
Liverpool may not make a move for the player just yet. There is the thought that they might continue to monitor his development for a little while longer.
The Reds are well-stocked defensively with Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez battling it out for two shirts.
The 21-year-old has 11 caps for the England Under-21s and does look set for a big future in the game.
Having come through the ranks at the Riverside Stadium, Fry has 66 first-team appearances to his name.
The key at this stage in his development is to be playing regular football. He probably won’t do that just yet at Anfield so they will need to make a decision.
The best bet might be for Liverpool to sign the player and then immediately loan him back to Boro for next season. That way, the Reds get the player tied to a long-term contract, whilst allowing him to play regular football again next season.
Burnley are also involved in all of this and Fry would be wise to look at Gibson before choosing to switch to Turf Moor.
The 26-year-old played once in the league following his big-money move, with the switch proving a pretty bleak one for his career.
The player would surely prefer a move to Liverpool, however. If Burnley does show firm interest, Fry might be better served to stick with Boro for a little while longer and wait for advances from Anfield.