Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Wants Bundesliga Star In January Transfer Window Deal

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SINSHEIM, GERMANY - OCTOBER 19: Kerem Demirbay of Hoffenheim is tackled by Junior Caicara of Istanbul during the UEFA Europa League group C match between 1899 Hoffenheim and Istanbul Basaksehir F.K. at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on October 19, 2017 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay at Anfield in January according to the Express.

Per the source, the midfielder of Turkish origin has emerged as a leading target for Klopp who has been keeping close tabs this season.

Klopp is familiar with Demirbay from his time in charge of Borussia Dortmund.

The 25-year-old came through the youth ranks during the Klopp era before moving to Hamburg.

Demirbay has been in impressive for the Bundesliga outfit since recovering from injury.

Turkish-Football first broke the story that the Reds were keeping tabs on Demirbay in October.

The Reds opened up communication channels with his representatives over a potential January move.

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Demirbay is represented by the Arena11 sports group, who also represent Liverpool duo, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, which could ease the negotiation process.

German publication BILD followed up by quoting Demirbay confirming Liverpool interest.

“Of course, I can handle that,” Demirbay told Sky Sport in Germany when asked about the rumours of the Reds’ interest.

Demirbay has another four-years remaining on his contract but has a £28m release clause which if activated would force Hoffenheim’s hand.