Tuesday 26 September 2017

Rodgers seeks to shore up Liverpool defence with Lovren and Bertrand

Southampton's Dejan Lovren features on a list of Liverpool transfer targets. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images
Southampton's Dejan Lovren features on a list of Liverpool transfer targets. Photo: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool have an extensive list of summer transfer targets, with Southampton's Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri of Bayern Munich and Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand in Brendan Rodgers' sights.

Croatian centre-back Lovren enjoyed an excellent debut season on the south coast, and has emerged as a prime target for Rodgers, who is monitoring several possible recruits for the heart of his defence. Lovren cost £8.5m and his valuation will have significantly increased.

Liverpool have made signing Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana a priority. However, with a move for him stalling, Liverpool have a back-up plan to line up Swiss international Shaqiri. The 22-year-old midfielder has been scouted by Liverpool since his Basle days and costs about £10m.

Rodgers will also revive his pursuit of Chelsea full-back Bertrand as he seeks to find a solution at left-back. Seville's Alberto Moreno has also been extensively scouted.

Rodgers has made it clear he wants well-established players added to his squad, including a striker to add competition with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. One of those under consideration is Swansea's Wilfried Bony, who, like Lovren, enjoyed a fine first season in the Premier League.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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