Liverpool make approach for Benfica left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool have contacted Benfica over the availability of the left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo on an initial season-long loan deal.

The manager, Brendan Rodgers, wants to increase the competition on José Enrique's position next season and his search has led him to the 22-year-old Paraguayan, who has been linked with Arsenal and Fenerbahce this summer.

Liverpool are trying to sign Melgarejo on loan, with a view to a long-term transfer, and, should Benfica accept those terms, would have to apply for a work permit because the defender has only one senior cap for his country.

Melgarejo was converted to full-back from a left-sided midfielder by Benfica's coach Jorge Jesus only last season and appeared in the Europa League final defeat by Chelsea.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for guardian.co.uk on Sunday 28th July 2013 22.30 Europe/London

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