Report: Liverpool consider surprise move for versatile international Gabriel Mercado

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp applauds fans after the game

Liverpool have been linked with Gabriel Mercado this summer.

 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

According to the Mirror, Liverpool are plotting a surprise move for defender Gabriel Mercado.

The report claims that boss Jurgen Klopp travelled to the US to watch the River Plate man in action as his native Argentina defeated Chile 2-1 in their opening 2016 Copa America encounter.

The Reds are on the lookout for new additions this summer as Klopp looks to bring in players who will adhere to his style of play with ease and ultimately improve the first-team.

Klopp likes his sides to play with high intensity and plenty of pressing, and those two traits were exactly what Argentina have showed so far in the US as they top their group with six points from two matches.

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While the likes of Ever Banega, Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain have stolen the show for the World Cup finalists, Liverpool are instead monitoring the progress of centre-back Mercado.

The tough tackling defender currently plays for River Plate and can feature both at right-back and centre-back, yet to much surprise the 29-year-old has never played outside of Argentina at club level.

Reports from Mexican newspaper Record hint a move to Monterrey could be on the cards, and a deal between the two clubs is said to have been struck giving Liverpool little time to make a decision.

The Merseyside club are in need of bolstering their defence with Kolo Toure released, Mamadou Sakho currently suspended and Martin Skrtel potentially being sold this summer.

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