Liverpool closely monitoring 6 ft 6 in Senegalese defensive rock

The Merseyside giants are interested in signing Olympiacos defender Pape Abou Cisse. Senegal international is also on the radars of Arsenal and Everton, but they are trailing Liverpool in pursuit of the defender. Pape started out at Senegalese club Pikine before arriving in Europe in 2015 when the defender signed for Ajaccio.

Two years later, Cisse moved to Greek club Olympiacos and has been a regular presence in the side, although the defender has had a couple of loan stints away from the club.

Indeed, the 26-year-old defender spent the second half of the last campaign with French club Saint Etienne, where the centre-back impressed and, as a result, has become a permanent fixture at Olympiacos in the current campaign. The Senegalese defender has featured 13 times in all tournaments for the Greek club, scoring two goals as well.

The African defender, owing to his displays for Olympiacos, has earned several admirers from England in the form of Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool. The report claims that all three teams had scouts present for the UCL game between Olympiacos and Fenerbahce, as Pape impressed, helping his team to a clean sheet.

However, the report adds that it is the Reds that are leading the race for the signing of the four-time capped Senegalese international. Liverpool also strengthened their back-line earlier this year, with Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig.

The Reds have Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Nat Phillips as options, while young Rhys Williams will also be at the German manager’s disposal when he returns from loan.