Following the sale of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, Southampton issued a strongly worded statement via their official website warning suitors that they would not entertain the possibility of more of their stars leaving until they have appointed a new manager.
Presumably that stance applies to £15 million-rated Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, who has been the subject of interest from the Reds since the close of the season, according to Jack Wilson of the Daily Star.
Brendan Rodgers is looking to shore up a leaky defence that conceded 50 Premier League goals in 2013/14, harming the club’s title challenge.
With Lovren currently out of reach, where else should Rodgers turn to try to solve his defensive woes?
Here are five centre-backs he could target.