LIVERPOOL have received a boost in their reported chase for Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels.
The German, who played under Reds boss Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion has hinted he could leave the Bundesliga outfit.
Manchester United were thought to be close to securing his signature when David Moyes was in charge but the centre-back has been linked to a reunion with his former boss since Klopp arrived at Anfield back in October and it seems he is open to a new challenge.
Hummels told German newspaper Bild: “I don’t necessarily want to (leave), but I have to make a big decision. I have been back and forth a lot.
“Age gives you a feeling that you don’t have forever to win. I realise in every year I don’t win a title, I’m closer to retiring. I’ve spoken to (Dortmund team-mates) Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan over their thoughts.
“The Champions League is a target for me in any case. I want to win this title.”
Hummels – who was a key member of the Germany side that beat Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final – may have almost joined United a couple of years ago but with Klopp now in charge at Liverpool – and the Red Devils struggling to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Liverpool would now appear to be in the driving seat and the experience and quality of Hummels would be a huge boost at the heart of their defence.
Will Hummels join Liverpool or United, or stay at Dortmund?