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Kenny Dalglish is mulling over a move for St Etienne defender Loris Nery.

The suggestion is that Liverpool will tie the 20-year-old to a long-term deal and allow him to be loaned back to the French Ligue 1 side.

Kenny Dalglish is mulling over a move for St Etienne defender Loris Nery.

The suggestion is that Liverpool will tie the 20-year-old to a long-term deal and allow him to be loaned back to the French Ligue 1 side.

Nery is a French u-21 international usually deployed as a right-back. He is capable of playing all across the defence but at 5 ft 11, lacks a bit of height. Despite receiving high praise in his homeland, Nery has played just 12 games for St Etienne.

With Liverpool already attempting to bring through youngster John Flanagan, a year playing first team football in France is the absolute minimum Nery would need before being ready to move to Anfield.

Though St Etienne have offered Nery a new two-year deal extension to his current deal, the terms of the deal are favourable to the French side and therefore may well be accepted.

Though undoubtedly Nery could prove a promising and inexpensive acquisition for the Reds, now is surely the time to invest in the sort of defenders who will go straight into the squad and improve it.

As I see, it still looks like Liverpool could do with at least one quality centre-back and one, maybe two reserve full-backs, and at least one striker. Though fans will undoubtedly be pleased with the comparatively cheap purchase of Jose Enrique from Newcastle,  they would admit further investment is required to allow Liverpool to compete.

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