Date: 6th April 2014 at 10:00am
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The transfer rumours for the summer are already starting and it is no surprise that Liverpool are already being linked with some of Europes best players. With the Reds returning to the Champions League next season, Brendan Rodgers is going to need to bring in a couple more quality players to improve the squad and one area that needs attention is the left-back department.

Jon Flanagan has been playing very well there but that is not his natural position. Jose Enrique is meant to be the first choice left-back for Liverpool but he has been plagued by injuries all season and who know if he will be fit for next season and how good his form will be then. So the best thing to do is to go out and buy a quality left-back and the Mirror is linking Liverpool with a move for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao.

The report in the Mirror states, Liverpool are in pole position in the race to sign Real Madrid and Portugal left-back Fabio Coentrao, writes Tom Hopkinson in the Sunday People.

Sunday People Sport understands the Kop outfit are in contact with the player’s agent Jorge Mendes – the two parties are believed to have spoken as recently as last week – and that talks are well down the line.

Manchester City and Monaco are also keen on the 26-year-old but Brendan Rodgers’ title chasers have moved to the head of the queue.

Real want at least £11.5million for Coentrao, who struggles to get a game with Brazil defender Marcelo preferred.

Coentrao was a target for Manchester United in January, and Tottenham were also interested, but baulked at Madrid’s asking price. However that figure has now dropped by more than £3m and is tempting both Liverpool and City.

Coentrao is a very good player and we just have not really seen his best at Madrid as he hardly plays ahead of Marcelo. A player of Coentrao’s ability should not be sitting on the bench and needs to be player regular football. If Liverpool were to win the race to sign him, they would pretty much guarantee him more first team football than the other clubs that may want his services.