Liverpool closely monitoring 20-year-old Croatian defender

Mario Vuskovic is increasingly becoming one of the most sought-after footballers in the second division of German football. U21 Croatia international has attracted the attention of scouts around Europe, with Liverpool among the teams keeping close tabs on his progress.

Formerly of Hajduk Split, Mario had been a part of the Hamburger setup since last summer, when the centre-back joined the club on loan. Vuskovic made a solid impression in his first campaign in Germany, racking up nearly 2,000 minutes of league football, and helping Hamburger reach the promotion playoff.

The 20-year-old centre-back has impressed the onlookers with his athleticism and a dogged defensive mentality. His imposing 1.89m frame also makes him an intimidating presence for any opposing attackers, thus making him a top target for several teams around Europe.

The Merseyside giants, for one, are closely monitoring the development of the Croatian centre-back, who could prove to be an interesting long-term prospect for the German coach. Jurgen Klopp had to part ways with several footballers this month, including Ben Davies, who has joined Rangers on a permanent deal.

That is where the addition of a young prospect like the Croatian defender could prove to be crucial. The Croatian has limitless potential and has shown he has what it takes to thrive at the highest level of football. However, the report suggests Mario Vuskovic is not thinking about a move away from Hamburg.