Liverpool linked with the signing of 17-year-old Chelsea target

Although Liverpool have lost the Premier League, they are in the running to clinch the Champions league title. While Jurgen Klopp has been highly praised for assembling a quality team, Liverpool will yet be active in the coming transfer window.

Liverpool are prepared to do battle with Chelsea for the signature of Dutch defender Xavier Mbuyamba, according to the Mirror.

Mbuyamba currently plays for MVV Maastricht in the Eredivisie. The 18-year-old defender has had a barnstorming spell for his club this season, which has caught the attention of several clubs across Europe and the Premier League.

Bayern Munich, Porto and Chelsea may have signalled their interest in the player but the lure of training and playing along his compatriot Virgil Van Dijk has put the Reds in a massive advantage for his signature.

Liverpool have a robust squad but they are on the lookout for youngsters that would secure their future.

Meanwhile, Chelsea will be without Gary Cahill next season and this has prompted them to be on the lookout for defenders.