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Liverpool linked with surprise move for Napoli centre-back Nikola Maksimovic

The defensive department of the Liverpool squad needs quality additions this winter.

The latest reports in England and Italy suggest that Liverpool are linked with surprise move for Napoli centre-back Nikola Maksimovic.

Napoli spent 21 million euros to sign the Serbia international from Torino in the summer of 2017. The 29-year-old has a valid contract with Napoli until June 2021.

The centre-back has featured in 13 matches for Napoli this term.

Nikola Maksimovic
Nikola Maksimovic

The 29-year-old is considered to be one of the best centre-backs in Serbia. The Napoli centre-back has also represented the Serbia at various youth levels before going on to secure 25 senior caps for his country thus far.

The defender has just 6 months remaining on his contract and Napoli may consider a deal in this transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing next summer.

Adding a centre-back remains Liverpool’s top priority this winter and Jürgen Klopp will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming days.

The report claims that Liverpool manager has extensively scouted Maksimovic and is considering a move for the centre-back.


The Reds will have funds to spend in the market and it will be interesting to see how they approach the winter transfer window.

Nikola Maksimovic is comfortable playing out from the back and given Klopp’s demands, that would fit in perfectly with his tactics. Maksimovic has the quality and the experience to make an immediate impact.

According to the report,”Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic is interesting Liverpool. Sky Italia reports Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli defender Maksimovic this month. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has stated the Reds had been to watch the player, but were yet to make a move. Maksimovic, 29, is not considered first choice for the Serie A club but has enjoyed a run in the side of late due to an injury to Kalidou Koulibaly. Liverpool are weighing up adding a defender this month amid an injury crisis.”


If Liverpool can agree on a fee with Napoli, the deal should be easy to complete.

Good signing for Liverpool?

If Nikola Maksimovic is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Liverpool.

Maksimovic has all the skillset required to be a success story at Liverpool. Therefore, it makes sense for Jürgen Klopp to step up his attempts to bring the Serbia centre-back to Premier League side.

The 29-year-old could be a good fit for Liverpool.

How strong that interest is and whether Liverpool will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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