Steven Defour could line up for Burnley against Liverpool - six years after Reds interest

Steven Defour, Standard Liege

Defour has been linked with a host of clubs, but looks set to move to Burnley.

Anderlecht's Steven Defour during the press conferenceAnderlecht's Steven Defour during the press conference

Burnley look set to sign Steven Defour from Anderlecht, according to Sky Sports, who report that he could make his debut for the club when they take on Liverpool at the weekend at Turf Moor. 

Defour was previously linked with a move to Liverpool, though Reds have probably blocked that out of their minds, unsurprisingly, as it was in 2010 when Roy Hodgson was in the Anfield hotseat. 

Roy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to NorthamptonRoy Hodgson during Liverpool's defeat to Northampton

The Liverpool Echo reports that he was being considered as a potential replacement for Javier Mascherano, along with eventual signing Christian Poulsen.

Defour was at Standard Liege at the time and the then 22-year-old was said to be available for 12 million Euros - just two years after impressing in a Champions League qualifier against the Reds.

The Daily Mail reported a year earlier that he was on a list of targets for when Xabi Alonso swapped Merseyside for Real Madrid. Instead, Liverpool opted for Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani - who wouldn't make his debut until December 2009 because of injury problems. 

Steven Defour, Standard LiegeSteven Defour at Standard Liege

Defour was quoted back then, saying: "I have an agreement with Standard Liege that I could go to a top club, and Liverpool fit the bill."

If he does end up lining up against Liverpool at the weekend, it will be interesting to see if he replicates what the Reds saw in the player they were so strongly linked with. 

It could prove to be something of a coup for Burnley, given Manchester United and Everton had previously been credited with interested in the midfielder. The Clarets will be hoping the Belgian can make an immediate impact should a deal get over the line.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche before the matchBurnley manager Sean Dyche before the match

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