Liverpool transfer latest: Jurgen Klopp in talks to sign Borussia Dortmund's Neven Subotic in time for FA Cup tie

Manager contacts his former club with a view to signing Serbia international as he seeks to solve Liverpool's worsening injury crisis ahead of their FA Cup third-round tie against Exeter on Friday night

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Jurgen Klopp has contacted his former club, Borussia Dortmund, with a view to signing centre-half Neven Subotic as he seeks to solve Liverpool’s worsening injury problems.

Klopp has no fit centre-backs available for Friday night’s FA Cup tie at Exeter City after Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring strain against Stoke City on Tuesday night and joined Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho on the sidelines. Kolo Toure is also struggling for fitness.

Aston Villa cut short Tiago Llori’s 12-month loan, giving Klopp another option, but the Liverpool manager wants to add an experienced name to the squad and is in talks with Dortmund over Subotic.

Serbia international Subotic, 27, played under Klopp at Mainz before the manager took him to Dortmund in 2008, where he made more than 150 appearances and won two Bundesliga titles.

Talks between the two clubs are ongoing, with Klopp hoping to sign the centre-back in time for the third-round tie.