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Liverpool Switch Attention to £8m German International Bargain Buy

by Christian Bailey

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Anfield side keen on Werder Bremen centre back.

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Liverpool are considering a move to sign experienced German centre back Per Mertesacker as Anfield boss Kenny Dalglish looks to beef up his defensive options ahead of the new season. The Werder Bremen defender is reportedly ready to leave the Bundesliga in order to find a new challenge having seen his side spent last season battling relegation from the top tier.

A number of European sides are reportedly interested in the 26 year old who has been at the Weserstadion for five years and has watched usually consistent top six side fall down the Bundesliga pecking order. Fellow Premier League side Arsenal are also said to be keen on the giant central defender who has just one year left to run on his current contract.

Dalglish has watched on as his back line conceded profusely in pre-season which followed a season which saw the club concede their most Premier League goals in over a decade. With injury concerns over both Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger and with Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos both nearing the end of their careers, as 33 and 32 respectively, there is a tangible need to beef up the club’s defensive options.

Liverpool have also been strongly linked with a move to Scott Dann from Championship side Birmingham City but the Merseyside club may feel that a move for a player of Mertesacker’s ability and top level experience would be more cost effective as the 6ft 6in German international for a similar £6-8m fee that the St Andrews’s defender would cost.

A lot will depend on whether Mertesacker will be more keen on a move to North London where he could enjoy Champions League football but having seen Liverpool invest over £100m in new playing talent in 2011 perhaps the Hannover born battler may feel that the Anfield side have a lot to offer as he looks for a new challenge.

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