Kenny Dalglish is mulling over a cut-price move for Werder Bremen centre-back Per Mertesacker as the Scot continues to rebuild his Liverpool squad. Mertesacker is available for around £6m due to him being in the last year of his contract.
Though Liverpool generally have an excellent defensive record and boast young, powerful centre-backs in Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, even during their Premiership opener, Jamie Carragher’s weaknesses were again exposed.
Though Carragher is without doubt a great defender and still has a big part to play this season, he cannot be relied to maintain his form of old for a full season.
This leaves Liverpool with Agger and Skrtel – talented certainly, but hardly the rock solid pairing that would propel Liverpool into the top four. A move for Mertesacker would offer Liverpool the defensive stability that is essential to a high finish.
Mertesacker recently expressed his desire to play in the Premiership which had many thinking that Arsenal would make a bid for the German international. However, no bid has materialised for one reason and another.
And now it seems that Arsene Wenger will be far busier trying to replenish his squad’s midfield talent, leaving Liverpool to steal in and secure the signature of one of Europe’s top defenders.