With Liverpool moving their attentions away from Blackburn Rovers’ Phil Jones, the Reds have been reportedly scouting other centre back targets. The three listed below have all been reported as potential transfers. Which one would you pick?
Scott Dann – The Liverpool born centre half has been the most hotly tipped to move Anfield after the Reds missed out on Phil Jones to Manchester United. At 24 years of age, Dann is a few years older than the other 2 centre backs on this list but has already demonstrated his ability to perform at the highest level in the Premier League.
In the 2009/10 campaign Dann struck up a strong partnership with Roger Johnson at the centre of Birmingham City’s defence, and managed to assist the club to a 9th place finish in their first season back in the top flight and to an unbeaten home record. A hamstring injury this January though however meant he wasn’t able to help arrest the Blues’ slide to the Championship, and many have cited the player’s absence for the team’s relegation.
Dejan Lovren – At only 21, the Croatian International would certainly fit in to FSG policy of bringing in young, talented players, and Lovren has been tipped for great things in his native Croatia.
Lovren can play at right back, although he prefers to play at centre half, and is described as being a good tackler, with a fair amount of pace, as well decent aerial ability. He started out life in the Karlovac youth setup before moving to Dinamo Zagreb. He then spent two seasons out on loan at Inter Zapresic before returning to Dinamo for the 2008/09 campaign. He became a first team regular and then was subject to interest from Lyon in the January 2010 transfer window. He signed a four and half year contract, after signing for €10m, and has since become a first team player.
Mamadou Sakho – Already Paris Saint-Germain’s captain at the age of 21, the Frenchman looks to have a big future ahead of him. Primarily a centre back, he has played on occasion at left back, and he is known for his leadership abilities and hard working attitude.
The Frenchman is also blessed with a good deal of pace and has great tackling abilities. In addition he is a tactically astute centre half who has shown maturity beyond his years with his abilities to organise the backline. His talent has been demonstrated by his breakthrough into the French national team at the start of last season, making his full debut against England alongside Philippe Mexes. Sakho now has 4 caps to his name and is tipped to have a long stay in France’s international side. He finished 4th in Ligue One with his PSG last season.
Article courtesy of David at Live4Liverpool