Reds are in urgent need of reinforcements at the back at Anfield.
Premier League giants Liverpool have stepped up their search for a new full back, with the Reds hoping to be able to do a deal for out-of-favour FC Barcelona defender Martin Montoya when the winter transfer window opens again for business in the new year, according to reports in the Daily Express.
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The Merseysiders have just lost the services of first-choice left-back Jose Enrique until February after the Spaniard underwent surgery on a knee injury earlier this week, while head coach Brendan Rodgers is also said to be unconvinced about recent new arrival Aly Cissokho after the France international joined the Reds on a season-long loan deal from Liga outfit Valencia at the start of the campaign.
All of which has now forced the Northern Irishman to step up plans to find a new left-sided full back at the turn of the year, so much so that Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre flew to Spain on Thursday to discuss the potential sale of the versatile Barcelona full back.
Montoya, 22, has a contract at Camp Nou that now only runs until June 30 2014 and so the Merseysiders are hopeful that the Catalans would rather sell the Spaniard in January for a cut-price fee rather than let the player quit the club on a free next summer.