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Liverpool could potentially lose out to Bayer Leverkusen in the race for the 27-year-old defender, raising concerns about their chances of securing his signature.

Liverpool appear to have fallen behind Bayer Leverkusen in their pursuit of a 27-year-old defender this summer, signaling a potentially challenging transfer window as they transition under new head coach Arne Slot. The departure of Jurgen Klopp marks a significant shift, prompting the Reds to address key departures, including midfielder Thiago Alcantara and center-back Joel Matip, whose contracts expire at the end of the month.

With the need to bolster their squad, Liverpool has prioritized the addition of a midfielder and central defender. Waldemar Anton of Stuttgart has emerged as a target, with Liverpool reportedly gathering transfer information to assess a potential move. However, their efforts are being overshadowed by Bayer Leverkusen, who are aggressively pursuing Anton. Reports indicate that Leverkusen’s head coach Xabi Alonso has engaged Anton in discussions multiple times, indicating a strong desire to bring him to BayArena.

Leverkusen’s proposal includes a contract offer extending until 2028, although negotiations have yet to yield a definitive agreement. Competition for Anton’s signature extends beyond Leverkusen, with Borussia Dortmund also expressing interest as they seek a successor to departing stalwart Mats Hummels.

Anton, who earned his first senior international cap for Germany in March, remains focused on Euro 2024 commitments before making a decision on his club future. His solid performances as Stuttgart’s captain during their successful Bundesliga campaign, securing Champions League football for the next season, have enhanced his appeal.

Having joined Stuttgart from Hannover in 2020, Anton is yet to feature in European competitions, adding further intrigue to his potential move. As the transfer saga unfolds, Liverpool faces a critical juncture in their pursuit of defensive reinforcements amidst stiff competition from Bundesliga contenders.

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