Ron Vlaar is the man to transform Liverpool’s defence

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Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar has been linked with a summer exit, and Liverpool would be wise to consider a move despite the interest of Queens Park Rangers.

Recent reports have suggested Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar could be heading for the exit, with the Birmingham Mail claiming Queens Park Rangers could move for the Dutch international.

Vlaar’s Villa contract expires next summer, and it is being reported that contract talks have been put on hold while the club look for a new owner. That is said to have alerted Harry Redknapp, who will no doubt have been impressed by the 29-year-old's performances not just in the Premier League, but also for Holland at the World Cup.

Vlaar has been a rock for Louis van Gaal’s side, and if he does leave Villa Park there is sure to be a lengthy queue for his signature. But there is one club that has not been mentioned, but would be the perfect destination for the player.

Liverpool’s defence was far from solid last season, with many believing that area of Brendan Rodgers’ side prevented them from claiming their first Premier League title. And while a number of defensive options have been mentioned, Vlaar would be perfect for them.

At 29 he does not fit their usual transfer model. But in signing 32-year-old Rickie Lambert, Rodgers showed he was prepared to sign more experienced players if they improve the squad; and Vlaar would certainly do that.

With Champions League football back on the agenda at Anfield, and Liverpool seeking to go one better than last season in the Premier League, Vlaar’s experience, solidity and composure would be invaluable. He also knows the English game inside-out, meaning there would be no need to acclimatise.

With the limited time left on his contract, he could also be signed for relatively cheap, allowing Rodgers to spend big on a new creative midfielder and a new left-back.

Villa will, of course, have something to say about it. But if Vlaar does leave the Midlands this summer, the Reds would be wise to make their move before someone else invariably does.

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