Anfield boss keen to beef up his back-line.
Kenny Dalglish is hoping to strengthen his defence before the end of the month and plans on making significant offers for Bolton Wanderers centre back Gary Cahill and Newcastle United left back Jose Enrique. Liverpool have struggled defensively during pre-season and last term the 44 goals the club conceded was the most the Anfield side has let in during a Premier League season since 1998-99.
The club’s American owners have handed Dalglish over £100m to spend on players in 2011 but as yet the Merseyside outfit’s only defensive reinforcement has come in the shape of back up keeper Doni who arrived last month from Roma.
Liverpool are closing in on Newcastle United left back Jose Enrique and will look to complete a deal to sign the Spaniard for a fee in the region of £6-7m. The Magpies defender has made it clear he wants to leave St James’ Park and has just one year left on his current contract and owner Mike Ashley does not want to see the former Villarreal man leave for nothing next term having spent £6.3m on the player in the summer of 2007.
Dalglish will then move to resolve his central defensive problems and hopes to beat other interested parties to land Bolton Wanderers and England centre back Gary Cahill. The 25 year old former Aston Villa man has been a consistent performer for the past two seasons but it does appear that Owen Coyle will consider offers for the determined defender but only if the club’s valuation is reached.
The Trotters are thought to want at least £18m for Cahill and it is apparently a fee that both Arsenal and Tottenham are unwilling to pay but Liverpool may go for broke and make an offer to bring the Sheffield born to Merseyside.
Liverpool do not have an abundance of effective central defensive options and of the players available to Kenny Dalglish, both Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos, at 33 and 32 respectively, are at the latter stages of their careers. Martin Skrtel is currently out injured and Danish international Daniel Agger is somewhat injury prone.
Dalglish is keen to strengthen his defence as the Scot feels that in doing so he will greatly improve the club’s chances of breaking back into the top four and having already spent a great deal improving the midfielder and attacking thirds the Liverpool manager wants to get this pair in to balance his squad.