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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Rumour Mill: Time to patch up Liverpool defence

After his team's woeful defensive display in pre-season, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is looking to beef up his options at the back and is reportedly considering a bid for Stoke City skipper Ryan Shawcross.

Ryan Shawcross The Reds conceded 12 goals in four pre-season games and Dalglish is well aware that if his side is to match expectations of a top-four finish, he'll have to strengthen the department.

Shawcross has been a regular for Stoke over the past four seasons and has helped manager Tony Pulis build his defence at the Britannia Stadium. He also scores his fair share of goals for a centre-back. The 23-year-old harbours hopes of a place in the England national squad and a move to Anfield will help him do that.

Shawcross could be of immense help to a Liverpool midfield, as it consists of Daniel Agger whose injury problems make him unreliable and Martin Skrtel who has a calf problem and missed the entire pre-season. And with both Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos on the wrong side of 30, a young addition to the backline becomes a necessity.

Shawcross isn’t the only available option for Liverpool to choose from. Birmingham City's central defender Scott Dann, pursued most of this transfer window by the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool, is reportedly set to be bid for by the Reds as they look to bolster their defensive ranks.

A fee of around £12 million has been mooted as Birmingham may be forced to sell to recoup some money after owner Carson Yeung's assets were frozen following his arrest in Hong Kong.

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Source: IBT and Bleacher Report

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