Apr 21, 2011

Liverpool Plan £16m Bids for New Centre Back Pairing

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Anfield side look to bring in defensive duo.

Roger Johnson has emerged as a target for Liverpool after director of football Damien Comolli ran the rule over Birmingham City’s centre back.

Kenny Dalglish is in the market for a defender this summer and Johnson, who was recently called up to the provisional England squad, is nearing the end of a second impressive season at St Andrew’s.

The 27-year-old, who has only one year remaining on his contract after signing from Cardiff for £5million in 2009, is refusing to talk about contracts until Birmingham’s Barclays Premier League future is secured. Coincidentally, City face Liverpool on Saturday.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

As well as potential moves to bring in Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson Liverpool are also strongly linked with a move for Wolfsburg’s highly rated Danish international Simon Kjaer who moved to the Bundesliga last summer only to see his former title winning side nosedive dramatically as well as seeing the boss who purchased him, Steve McClaren, axed.

Kenny Dalglish is looking to make significant changes to his Anfield squad for next term and appears to have earmarked his defence as an area that needs improvement. Given that Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are both getting on a bit and that Daniel Agger has constant injury concerns, moves to bring in reinforcements makes a great deal of sense. The club can at least rely on reliable Slovakian international Martin Skrtel and also have youngster Danny Wilson to call upon.

Roger Johnson has been a hugely consistent performer since his move to St Andrews’ two years ago and it is largely down to the 27 year old and his partnership with Scott Dann, another Liverpool target who is now injured, that Alex McLeish’s side are so hard to beat. Whilst the former Cardiff and Wycombe man may not be the most spectacular of signings he is a player who gives 110% and could provide some extra steel at the back.

Simon Kjaer at 22 has the footballing world at his feet and looks like he may push to leave Wolfsburg this summer after seeing the club perform disastrously this term. Felix Magath has returned to the club but has not been able to arrest the slide down the table that has left the title winners of 2008/09 sitting in 16th place in the relegation play-off zone.

Liverpool’s new owners appear ready to offer Dalglish significant financial backing this summer having brought in Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll using the money accrued from the sales of Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel and these two potential signings are realistic and relatively inexpensive ways to improve their defence.



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