Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been offered fresh hope over signing a player he’s been watching for well over a year.
Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij could be axed by the Dutch club this summer after talks over a new contract for the 22-year-old were ended early.
Reports date back as far as 2012 over Rodgers’ apparent interest in the centre back, with stories also appearing throughout 2013 with one article suggesting Rodgers has personally watched him play.
There’s no doubt he’s a talent and a player that Rodgers obviously admires but is he really the signing that Liverpool need to make this summer?
The current first team squad already has four very good centre backs in Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure.
Add to the mix the fact Sebastian Coates is just returning from injury and Liverpool are well stocked in that department.
If the boss is that keen on adding de Vrij to his defensive options then it’s likely that someone will have to make way, in order for the nine cap Dutch international to come into the team.
Liverpool face the prospect of more matches next season, but there are other areas of the squad where there is a greater need to make signings.
The side has been playing without a textbook left-back for some time, there is a gap down the left wing and Rodgers needs a solid centre forward if either half of SAS gets injured in the next campaign.
Feyenoord's technical director, Martin van Geel told Algemeen Dagblad, that Feyenoord will now wait until after the World Cup before they have another go at extending the player’s deal.
That leaves plenty of time for Liverpool to engineer a situation where they could approach de Vrij and get him committed to joining the club before the technicalities and negotiations between the two teams.
However, for as long as Rodgers has been watching this defender play, he needs to make room for him otherwise he may never get him.