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Liverpool target Malick Thiaw responds to transfer speculation linking him to Anfield

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Malick Thiaw has been linked with a January move to Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)

Schalke defender Malick Thiaw has admitted it is nice to be linked with a big move away from the club, but has dismissed an imminent move to Liverpool.

The Reds were linked with Thiaw back in March, a month after he made his senior debut for Schalke, with a £7m summer move mooted.

Nothing came of the interest, with Jurgen Klopp choosing to stick with his first team centre-backs of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips in reserve.

However, Van Dijk and Gomez are now sidelined with injury for a number of months to come, and with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Fabinho all also suffering injuries recently, the Premier League champions’ defence is looking a little threadbare.

The Reds may choose to make their move for Thiaw in the January transfer window and the 19-year-old is aware of the interest in him.

‘Of course you’re happy when big clubs are after you, but it was actually clear to me that I would stay at Schalke,’ the teenager told Schalke TV, via

Reports suggest Liverpool have maintained regular contact with the prospect through extensive scouting, and while he sees his future at Schalke, that can, of course, change very quickly.

The 6’3″ centre-back came through a number of youth systems, including Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach before joining Schalke in 2015.

He has played two Bundesliga games so far this season, scoring one goal, with just six league appearances to his name in total.

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