Bobby Clark has seemingly taken a step toward recovering from his recent injury, while Liverpool is said to be leading the race for a center-back who would cost more than $55m. Here's your round-up of the latest Reds news.

Bobby Clark set to make injury return

Liverpool being in the Europa League this season was an opportunity for young talents to make steps forward. Ben Doak was one but Bobby Clark was another and both would have got more minutes in Europe were it not for injuries.

Doak has already returned to action and Clark appears to be back from a mystery issue as well, having been out for around seven weeks. He last appeared for Liverpool's U21s against Crystal Palace in a 4-2 victory and has missed chances to play for the senior team in the Europa League and Carabao Cup since.

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"If Ben Doak would have been available tonight he would have got minutes, like Bobby Clark probably would have got minutes," Jürgen Klopp said after Liverpool beat Toulouse at Anfield. The same could be said for the win over Bournemouth.

The 18-year-old recently shared an image on his Instagram profile wearing football boots. It appears that he has made a return to light training, and he will be hoping his latest progress will bring him closer to getting back out on the pitch, with European games with LASK and Union SG coming up soon.

Liverpool 'winning race' for $55m-plus defender

Liverpool is winning the race to sign Sporting CP defender Gonçalo Inácio, according to Spanish outlet El Nacional, despite interest from several other major clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid. The deal would be worth upward of $55m (£44m/€50m), the same report states.

PSG and Barcelona are also said to be keen to sign the Portugal international. However, Klopp's supposed plan to put him straight into his starting XI could Liverpool the edge. That, though, ignores the fact that Virgil van Dijk plays on the left side of the Reds' center-back partnership. He would not be easy to oust.

Inácio has played 17 times for Sporting this season and has impressed in a league that Liverpool has often looked to for signings in recent years, with Luis Díaz (FC Porto) and Darwin Núñez (Benfica) both coming from Portuguese teams. But he could have been signed for less in the summer, when the Reds opted not to make a move. He has since signed a contract extension with an increased release clause, so moving for him so soon after that would be an odd call.