ESPN says Liverpool have 'initiated' contact with De Jong as they weigh up a move for the Dutchman.
De Jong had been the subject of persistent interest from Manchester United during the summer transfer window as new boss Erik Ten Hag looked to strike a reunion with the midfielder he enjoyed a thriving relationship with at Ajax.
But the Reds have formed contact with the midfielder ahead of potentially trying to seal a move in the coming windows.
The summer of 2023 is primed to be a big one at Anfield with the likes of Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara not getting any younger. While the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are still to be decided.