Liverpool facing big-name competition for Marcos Rojo

Reported Liverpool target Marcos Rojo is now said to be on the radar of Barcelona.

Liverpool face competition from Barcelona for defender Marcos Rojo according to a report in Portugal.

The 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon player has been linked with a summer switch to Anfield, and yet the latest story - from O Jogo - claims the La Liga giants are now very much in the running.

Brendan Rodgers is likely to strengthen his back-line considerably this summer, after defensive frailties have left their Premier League title hopes in tatters.

While the Reds can still win the crown, it will take an almighty collapse from Manchester City in their remaining two games for that to happen.

Rojo is predominantly a centre-back, but he can also play as a left-back, and with the latter being something of a problem position for Rodgers, the Argentine could be the perfect addition to his squad this summer.

With a reported €25million release-clause he will not come cheap. But the best solutions rarely do.

Rojo has played 27 games for Sporting this season, and has netted an impressive six times in what has been a fantastic campaign for the club.

Barca are on the look-out for new defenders this summer following the retirement of Carles Puyol, and it seems they could rival Liverpool for a player who would not look out of place in either side.

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