Liverpool Look to Complete Intelligent Move to Sign £24m Trio as Brendan Rodgers Seeks to Strengthen Defence

Anfield side look to reshape defence.

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Having seen January signings Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge greatly aid moves to freshen up his attack Brendan Rodgers appears to be keen to address issues concerning the Liverpool back-line this summer with moves to bring in a trio of quality defenders according to the Daily Star.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos

Chief among Rodgers’ targets is highly-rated Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who is valued at £12m, who the Northern Irishman sees as an ideal long term replacement for retired centre-back Jamie Carragher.

The 21 year old has had an excellent season with his Gelsenkirchen based side, whom he helped to secure a Champions League berth

Papadopoulos is a solid no-nonsense performer who rarely makes mistakes and is also very handy at popping up with occasional goals and is a regular in the Greek national team.

Tiago Ilori

Rodgers will hope Sporting Lisbon consider offers for 20-year-old talent Tiago Ilori, valued at £4m, and having seen the Portuguese side already agree a deal to sell their star striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel the Merseyside club may fancy their chances of landing the young defender from the cash-strapped Primeira Liga side.

Rodgers is also monitoring Ajax’s adaptable defender Toby Alderweireld too though Liverpool will have to fight off interest from other prospective suitors, said to include Roma and Tottenham.

Ajax boss Frank de Boer may face a fight to keep hold of his top talents this summer as a number of his young stars have been linked with moves away from the Amsterdam side. Alderweireld, who can play at right back or in the centre of the defence, has helped his Dutch side to three successive Eredivisie titles and may feel it’s time for a fresh challenge.

Having seen former Ajax defensive colleagues Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen move to the Premier League the 24 year old could well be tempted to follow suit.

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