Report: Liverpool boss hopes to make Kyriakos Papadopoulos his first summer acquisition

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Liverpool have reportedly returned for Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

According to a report in the Mirror, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has turned to former target Kyriakos Papadopoulos in a bid to strengthen his side’s defence this summer.

The Greek international centre-back is currently plying his trade at Bayer Leverkusen on a season-long loan from fellow Bundesliga giants Schalke as he bids to overcome previous injury troubles.

His performances this season have been impressive when called upon, yet rather surprisingly he hasn’t featured much over the past nine months, making just nine league starts.

Nonetheless, at just 23 years of age with his contract expiring this summer, the 6ft defender represents an option on a Bosman and fresh reports suggest Brendan Rodgers is willing to take a shot.

“Brendan Rodgers has resurrected his interest in bringing target Kryiakos Papadopoulos to Liverpool. The player’s agents have been in touch with Liverpool this week to see whether Rodgers maintains his interest,” the Mirror states.

Would Papadopoulos be a good option for Liverpool?

When selected, the Greek ace has proven to be a sturdy defender and has plenty of potential to improve further.

The Reds need more bodies this summer and central defence will no doubt be a top priority for the Anfield side given the current circumstances.

Emre Can for all his talent could be far better suited to midfield, whereas Kolo Toure isn’t getting any younger and Martin Skrtel’s future isn’t clear due to his contract situation.

Papadopoulos on a Bosman would represent a fine choice, especially considering the poor likelihood of finding such talents available for free when the summer window opens.

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