Liverpool fans can begin to dream, not of becoming Premier League champions, but of their almost guaranteed return to the Champions League for next season. They started the weekend 11 points clear of Everton in fifth place, and Brendan Rodgers is looking to add some European experience this summer. It has been reported that one of his targets is former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng.
The current Bayern Munich player, who played mostly at right-back for City, has been impressive at Bayern in the central position, and will add some much needed top-tier experience to the Liverpool back-line.
His time at Manchester City was short and less then sweet, but since his return to Germany, he has become a vital part of the dominant Bayern Munich juggernaut. This season he has made 22 league starts, only goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has made more starts than the German international defender.
Boateng, now 25 years old, has matured a lot since he played at right-back for Germany at the 2010 World Cup. He recently signed a new contract for Bayern Munich, it keeps him signed up until 2018 and it will take a huge offer to convince Pep Guardiola to part with one of his starters.
Boateng is settled at the Allianz Arena, but the link shows a high level of ambition from Rodgers, and gives the fans an idea of the sort of player he will be targeting this summer. Liverpool would have to consider a bid of above £20 million to try and tempt Boateng to return to the Premier League.
Currently Rodgers has Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure as his first-team centre-backs, and there is no doubt that Boateng would be a great addition to a defence that has been the one concern for Liverpool this season.
It would most likely mean at least one of the four would move on. With Toure and Sakho only joining last summer, it would seem that time is nearly up for either Agger or Skrtel. Agger being the mostly likely since Skrtel has been an almost ever-present in the Anfield back-line this campaign.