The Reds were desperate to steal midfielder Naby Keita, 22, from the Bundesliga outfit during the summer transfer window.

And although they agreed a deal worth about £55m for the Guinea international, he won’t link up with them until next year.

Liverpool have also been credited with interest in Keita’s Leipzig team-mate Timo Werner, who plays in attack.

However, it seems the next man the Merseysiders have lined up to swap the Red Bull Arena for Anfield is 18-year-old defender Upamecano.