Published On: Fri, Aug 30th, 2013

Liverpool target Premier League goalkeeper

givenLiverpool have made a move to bring Aston Villa’s Shay Given to Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers wants experienced cover for new-boy Simon Mignolet, according to reports.

The former Swansea City boss wants the 37-year-old Villa goalkeeper to improve the quality of his back-up goalkeepers, the The Guardian claims.

Brad Jones is currently the No2 on Merseyside, but has had limited first-team exposure.

Experience required

The newspaper reported that Rodgers also wants to bring more experience into that position following the departure of Pepe Reina to Napoli on a season-long loan deal.

Given has been told he can leave Villa this summer, according to the report, after he lost his place to Brad Guzan at the start of last season – and is one of the highest earning players on the Midlands club’s roster.

He still has three years left on the contract he signed when he joined from Manchester City in 2011.

The goalkeeper has been linked with moves away all summer, including to several Championship sides, the paper states.

However, he could still move to Liverpool if he accepts that he will be Mignolet’s understudy.

Weak area

Meanwhile, Liverpool still want to strengthen the center of their defence and have reopened talk with Sporting Lisbon over the signing of Thiago Llori, according to the newspaper.

The 20-year-old was on the Reds boss shortlist of targets at the beginning of the season, and deal only collapsed because of Sporting’s valuation of the youngster, the paper adds.

But a deal of £7million could be enough to secure he signing of the Portugal U20 international, the newspaper claims.

They need cover at the back after Kolo Toure injured his groin during their Capital One Cup victory over Notts County during the week.

They are yet to announce the extent of the injury, but it is thought by the newspaper that he will miss out on the Manchester United game this weekend.

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- I'm a first class honours graduate in Journalism from Northumbria University, with a love for football, cricket and rugby. Born in Johannesburg and raised in Newcastle, I'm still searching for my first paid gig in the world of writing.

  • disgustedred

    No No No. He’s worse than Jones.


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