Liverpool hold a genuine interest in signing Aston Villa’s John McGinn this summer.
The Reds are in the market for a midfielder having seen Georginio Wijnaldum leave for PSG on a free.
Doubts also exist over the future of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain meaning Jurgen Klopp may have to dip into the market.
Villa are loathed to let the Scot leave however and have slapped a huge price tag on him of between £45-£50m.
McGinn still has a five-year deal with the Midlands outfit having signed an extension back in December.
Klopp is understood to have asked Andy Robertson, McGinn’s Scotland team-mate, if he “ever stops running” after seeing his work-rate first hand.
Villa themselves are looking to build on a solid campaign that saw them finish mid-table with Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse on their radar.
Dean Smith conceded earlier this year that McGinn is always a topic of discussion with rival managers, who view the 26-year-old as a throwback.
He revealed: “After matches a lot of the opposition managers talk about John McGinn.
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“He looks so unorthodox at times but he is so effective. One of the comments I had the other week was he reminds them of a seventies player at times.
“He is one who can do a little bit of everything. He gets up and down, he gets in the box, uses his buttocks very well and scores goals.
“I am pleased he got that goal the other day. He has been a bit frustrated he has not scored as many this season.
“He pretty much played as a No.8 against Man City, he has played as a No.10 before as well.
“Certainly when he came back from international football we tried to get him a little bit higher.
“He has had to play a little bit deeper for us this season with the attacking form of Grealish, Ross Barkley, Bertrand Traore, Trezeguet, Ahmed El Ghazi and Ollie Watkins, which was really productive for us in the first half of the season.
“Probably it gets lost the defensive displays he has put in for us this season, but he is very adaptable as a player.”
McGinn has made 111 appearances for Villa since signing for them from Hibernian.