Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a cut-price January move for Fenerbahce full-back Caner Erkin in a bid to ease his defensive concerns, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Although the Reds have made an excellent start to the season in attacking sense, their performances in their own third of the pitch have been a little below par.

The Anfield side have conceded the most goals of any side in the top six, which is believed to be a major source of worry for Rodgers.

One position that has been a particular issue is left-back, with Jose Enrique’s injury and Aly Cissokho’s erratic form forcing young Jon Flanagan – a right-sided defender by trade – to fill the role.

While he has done an admirable job, the Merseysiders have shipped seven goals in their last three outings, including three in a humbling defeat away to Hull.

Erkin has emerged as a potential solution to the problem, with Rodgers keen to make a cut-price move for the Turkish international’s signature in the New Year.

The 25-year-old’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, meaning that he will be able to leave Istanbul for free in just over six months’ time.

Fener would like to keep Erkin, but are aware that this may be impossible and would rather receive a fee, albeit a reduced one – for his services rather than let him walk away.

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