The Austrian centre-back has attracted a great deal of attention in recent months, with his strong performances for club and country leading to interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Juventus as well.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, and it is now expected that manager Brendan Rodgers will make him one of his top targets this January.

The Reds boss brought in three new central defenders during the summer, with Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori all joining the club, though Rodgers still wants extra depth in that position.