Is this the key reason Newcastle star has been targeted by Liverpool?

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Daryl Janmaat is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool.

The Newcastle full-back has been linked with a summer transfer to Liverpool, as per the Liverpool Echo, and the 25-year-old would represent a long-term investment and a more than adequate replacement for the out-of-contract Glen Johnson.

Janmaat would likely be brought to Anfield to fill a right-sided defensive post, although he has shown enough attacking intent to be able to fill in on the wing as well. This is useful for Liverpool, who have alternated between a back three and back four at various points this season, and the 23-cap Dutch international would be a wise signing by Brendan Rodgers.

Predominately a right-sided player, it would useful for the Reds to secure a top level replacement for Johnson - who has been far from his best for a number of seasons now - and Janmaat fills that role. However, it is his adaptability that really makes him a potential future Liverpool star.

Not only able to perform on the right, Janmaat’s attacking instincts and desire to cut in could make him a solid option on the left of defence and left-wing, and he has even been touted as a potential central defender for the Magpies, who are currently suffering a crisis in the back-line.

While some players would be placed in uncomfortable positions and put in less effort when seen as utility men rather than specialised individuals, Janmaat told the Chronicle that he will happily play in any position required, even if it will not make him happy.

“I will play in the middle of the defence if I am asked to do so,” he said. “Although it is not really my position.”

This kind of willing adaptability is hard to find at the top of the game now, but it plays perfectly in Rodgers’ current Liverpool team. Emre Can arrived as a midfielder but has been played in the centre of defence, as well as a full-back, while Raheem Sterling has played as an attacking midfielder, striker and wing-back.

It remains to be seen whether Liverpool submit a concrete offer for Janmaat in the summer, but it would come as no surprise to see the Reds make a move as he characterises what the Reds are all about under Rodgers.

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