Liverpool ready to sign Schalke defensive star this summer

Liverpool are considering a move to sign Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who is currently on loan at Bayer Leverkusen, in the summer, according to reports from the Metro.

The 23-year-old has been scouted by the Reds over the past few seasons, with the centre-back alerting Reds manager Brendan Rodgers after hinting he wants a move away from Germany.

Papadopoulos is believed to be keen on playing in a new league, opening up the possibility for the Anfield side to table a formal offer.

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However, Leverkusen are also interested in retaining the Greece international’s services on a permanent basis, and is said to have already made a £4.4million bid to secure a deal.

Rodgers spent £20million during the previous summer to sign Dejan Lovren from Southampton, but he has been heavily criticised for his poor form, a factor which may lead to his manager reinforcing the back line once more.

Versatile summer signing Emre Can is often used as part of the three-man defence and with incoming defensive reinforcements, he may be able to return to his usual role in midfield.

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