Liverpool are targeting Dutch defender Stefan De Vrij as a replacement for Jamie Carragher who retires at the end of this season, according to The Daily Mail.

Brendan Rodgers flew out to Holland to observe the player during yesterday’s game which saw the defender’s current side, Feyenoord, beat PSV Eindhoven 2-1. He is looking for two central defenders to sign this summer to replace Jamie Carragher and Sebastian Coates, and he has had scouts watching De Vrij for around 9 months now.

Feyenoord captain De Vrij joined the club when he was ten years old and came up through the youth team to make his first team debut at the age of 17. He also been first choice for the Dutch national team under Van Gaal in the last year and is set to feature in next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

His current contract expires in 2014 and Feyenoord were hoping that he would sign an extension but the player wants to wait until the summer before making a decision.

“I want to see what is happening now,” he said.

“I will focus on playing for the club and for Holland, but I won’t sit down with the club now about a new ­contract.”

Liverpool face competition from Spurs, Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham who are also thought to be tracking the highly rated defender.

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