LIVERPOOL will take the opportunity to scout Nacho when they meet Real Madrid in the Champions League, it has been claimed.
The Spaniard has been vital in Madrid's recent eight game unbeaten run in the league, playing every match.
It comes while Sergio Ramos is sidelined with injury, and Nacho is expected to keep his place in the squad even upon the captain's return to fitness.
That will see the centre-half play against Barcelona domestically and Liverpool in Europe.
And according to AS, the English champions, along with Roma, have both been interested in Nacho before.
So, with two legs to watch the 31-year-old in action, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can take a better look at him.
Klopp was in the market for defenders in the winter window, with regular pair Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez injured.
They settled for a shock £2million deal for Ben Davies from Preston and then secured a loan for Ozan Kabak of Schalke.
But both have failed to hit the ground running, with Liverpool on an unwanted run of six straight home losses in the league.
It leaves Klopp again open to further signings to strengthen his backline.
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Nacho's contract runs out next summer, but his recent run of performances have raised speculation he will be offered a new deal.
And even when Ramos, 34, returns, manager Zinedine Zidane is said to be considering a back three, to keep Nacho and Raphael Varane's partnership.
The LaLiga holders used that formation against Elche and Atalanta recently, while Ramos briefly returned before suffering another knock.
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