Liverpool 's Sporting Director Michael Edwards reportedly decided against making a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly this summer because of his asking price.
The Reds were heavily linked with the 29-year-old and are now in the midst of an injury crisis at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez long-term absentees while Joel Matip and Fabinho have had their own fitness problems.
As a result, Liverpool could look to bring in reinforcements in January but Koulibaly is unlikely to be on their list.
Speaking The Transfer Window podcast, Ian McGarry revealed Liverpool were unwilling to meet Napoli's demands in the summer because of Koulibaly's age.
He claimed the Serie A side were demanding "around €60m and Liverpool are not willing to spend that amount of money on a 29-year-old."
Liverpool have been tipped to sign an "A-list centre-half" in January by former midfielder Don Hutchison, who told ESPN FC : "[Klopp will] come up with a game plan and he may give one of the rookie centre-halves a chance to stake a claim because it might dent their confidence if they see Jordan Henderson or James Milner go and play in their position.
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"So he might give Nat Phillips a start, who's very, very good in the air, I think Rhys Williams is a little bit quicker over the ground, so he might play him [against Leicester] looking at the Jamie Vardy factor.
"But it's important that whoever plays, and I think Fabinho's going to be fit, but I think whoever fills this void in the short term tries to get Liverpool through the next few games, the next period, to try and get them to January.
"I think Upamecano's buyout clause at Leipzig is £40 million [next summer], so that's not a huge amount of money for such a young talent.
"Koulibaly is still at Napoli, who was valued at about £60m, so I think what it does is it really pushes Liverpool into the transfer market to go and buy an A-list centre-half, and when Joe Gomez is back and when Virgil van Dijk is back, they've still got that quality.
"The squad from there will only be stronger."
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