Alex Pearce looks set to link up with former manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool appear to be the first club to poach one of Reading’s best players ahead of next season.
It’s a no brainer for Pearce as his contract expires this summer and with Reading relegated back down to the Championship, there are bound to be several other players seeking moves away from the club.
Martin Skrtel will be hoping more than anyone that the news is made official quickly, because it enhances his chances of staying at Liverpool instead of being axed during the summer transfer window.
There was plenty of speculation earlier in the season that Skrtel could move on, as he seemed to publicly disagree with Rodgers over the reasons he was dropped from the Liverpool first team.
Zenit St Petersburg were mentioned as a possible destination but Liverpool now need to retain him, because his experience in the back four is going to prove vital next season.
Pearce is a very talented 24-year-old defender, but he does not have the same wealth of experience to fall back on as Skrtel which makes it all the more important for Liverpool to retain their Slovakian defender.
They could net a good fee for Skrtel as he’s on a long contract but it would be a counter productive move considering they would more than likely have to spend to replace him.
Rodgers can’t think for one second that Pearce is the answer in terms of replacing Jamie Carragher, who has not been talked out of retirement.
Skrtel is also going to be the key leader in the defence next season and few Liverpool fans would argue against him being made captain when Steven Gerrard isn’t available.
Daniel Agger is a very good defender but he does not have the same vocal and commanding presence in the back four, which simply adds to the list of reasons as to why Skrtel needs to be retained.
It’s a great bit of business on the part of Rodgers to get Pearce done, if the deal has been sorted out behind closed doors, as there would have been several top Premier League sides interested in taking him on a free.
If the Pearce deal is confirmed then Liverpool are going to have a superb core of young defenders heading into next season and with Skrtel leading them, they stand a great chance of avoiding the start to the season they suffered this year.
Can Pearce and Skrtel work well together?
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