Liverpool Revive Long-Standing Interest in Highly-Rated Young Bundesliga Centre Back

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Reds are keen to find a long-term replacement for the now retired Carragher at Anfield. 

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Liverpool are set to reignite their long-running interest in Schalke 04 defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos after the Greek international finally made his long-awaited return to training following a serious knee injury, says the Daily Mirror.

The Merseyside giants have been keeping close tabs on the highly rated centre back for some time now, however, Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers has been wanting to wait until the player proved his fitness before making a bid for Papadopoulos.

However, the 21-year-old did finally take part in a light training session with his Bundesliga club on Tuesday, eight months after he tore ligaments in his left knee, although Liverpool still need to be convinced about the player’s full recovery from the problem.

And that means that the Premier League club are proposing to initially take Papadopoulos on a season-long loan next campaign with a view to signing the Greek permanently for £12 million come next summer if he proves that he has fully recovered from his knee injury.

Rodgers sees Papadopoulos as being the perfect replacement for the recently retired central defender Jamie Carragher at the heart of the Reds back four going forward , with the youngster having shone in the Bundesliga ever since he joined Schalke from Greek giants Olympiacos in June 2010, scoring seven goals in his 92 appearances for the Germans.

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