Liverpool make contact with Sokratis over potential free transfer following Arsenal release

Liverpool have made contact with Sokratis over a potential free transfer move following the defender’s release by Arsenal this month.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have failed to win in their past five Premier League fixtures and crashed out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United this weekend, the club’s resources having been stretched following a number of defensive injuries.

Liverpool have been without centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for much of the campaign after both players suffered serious knee injuries earlier in the campaign, and with the ongoing fitness concerns regarding Joel Matip the Reds have been forced into a number of stop-gap measures.

Fabinho has been utilised in a centre-back role for much of the season and whilst the 27-year-old has impressed in the unfamiliar position, he has been partnered on occasion by fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson and inexperienced duo Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips.

Williams started the defeat at Manchester United and made a huge error in the build-up to Marcus Rashford’s goal, the teenager seemingly out of his depth at the highest level with his only previous senior experience in non-league.

Liverpool have remained insistent they are unlikely to do business this winter but, according to The Athletic, made contract with former Arsenal defender Sokratis last week following his release at the Emirates.

The 32-year-old previously played under Klopp during his time at Borussia Dortmund and would have offered an experienced short-term solution to the Reds’ issues in central defence, though the move appears unlikely with the Greek international set for Olympiacos.

Liverpool’s approach may yet indicate the club are prepared to consider their options before the transfer window’s deadline on February 1, the champion’s title defence having been left in jeopardy by their recent struggles.

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