Liverpool closely monitoring €65m-rated Austria international

The Merseyside giants have decided not to pursue a move for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba despite speaking to the versatile player’s representatives about a free transfer, according to reports.

Austria international is out of the deal with the Bavarians this coming summer and has rejected new terms, with a move away from Bayern now a virtual certainty. David is believed to be close to agreeing on a pre-contract with Real Madrid, having been free to talk to foreign clubs from the start of the month, though Reds had also been interested.

There were even suggestions Liverpool might try to sign Alaba this month for a nominal fee to ease their injury crisis at the defence, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all sidelined.

However, despite entering negotiations with the 28-year-old last year, they have backed away from a deal and do not believe he is the player they need at this moment in time. While Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the Austrian star, he is regarded as both too small and not strong enough in the air to play centre-back in the PL for the Reds.

David’s versatility, able to play at left-back and midfield as well as in central defence, is appreciated, but the Reds already have Kostas Tsimikas as an understudy to Andy Robertson.

In fact, a large part of the reason for the Reds speaking to David Alaba’s camp last summer was simply to gauge his demands in relation to Thiago, who the PL champions were also pursuing, and they felt it was helpful in drafting an offer for the Spaniard.