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Liverpool to rival Borussia Dortmund for Basel defender Manuel Akanji?

Liverpool to rival Dortmund for Akanji?
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Liverpool are reportedly prepared to rival Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Basel defender Manuel Akanji.

Basel defender Manuel Akanji is reportedly attracting interest from Liverpool.

Akanji has gained admirers for his performances in the Champions League this season, with the 22-year-old helping Basel progress to the last 16 of the competition.

Borussia Dortmund are allegedly keen to push through a deal in January but according to The Independent, Liverpool have entered the race for the Swiss international's signature.

The report suggests that Basel accept that the centre-back will leave the club in the near future, but it has been claimed that FCB would prefer to wait until the summer to sell to Liverpool.

Basel could also see Akanji's value rise before the start of next season, with the youngster likely to represent Switzerland at the World Cup.

Akanji has earned four caps for his country since making his debut in June.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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