One in, one out… Liverpool eyeing defensive re-shuffle

Liverpool are considering a defensive re-shuffle this summer, with a £3.5m move for Charlton’s Joe Gomez being eyed alongside a deal to send Sebastian Coates to Sunderland on a permanent basis, according to reports from the Liverpool Echo.

Although Brendan Rodgers improved his rearguard significantly for much of the season just gone, the Reds still shipped 48 goals in the Premier League, with the concession of nine at the hands of Crystal Palace and Stoke over the last two games particular worry.

And it seems that the Anfield chief is keen on adding a new defender to his ranks, with Charlton’s 18-year-old prodigy Gomez being looked at.

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The teenager has been scouted by the Merseysiders over the course of the past 12 months, and his impressive step up into the Addicks’ first-team has encouraged the club.

Reports suggest Liverpool are sure Gomez would be willing to make the move, and that an initial outlay of £3.5m may be enough to get a deal done – albeit add-ons may be needed.

This possible deal could be funded by the sale of Coates, who is nearing a £4m move to Sunderland.

The Uruguayan spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and impressed in their battle against relegation.