Liverpool are considering a bid for Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross as Kenny Dalglish looks to strengthen his defence ahead of the forthcoming season, according to caughtoffside.com.
The Reds boss has seen his side concede 12 goals in four pre-season friendlies and is said to be keen on signing a centre-back as the Merseyside club look to break back into the Premier League top four.
Shawcross has been a virtual ever present at the Britannia Stadium over the past four seasons and has helped conduct Tony Pulis’ well marshalled defence and the Potters boss is sure to fight to keep the former Man United man from leaving the club.
However the England hopeful, who this month confirmed he would not consider a Welsh call up, may feel that a high profile move may help his chances of securing his first senior international cap.
The uncompromising defender is valued at around £12m and despite guiding Stoke City to a Europa League spot, Shawcross may feel the time is right to make a step up.
Dalglish has a number of issues with the centre backs he can currently call upon. Danish international Daniel Agger has his fair share of injury problems and defensive mainstay Martin Skrtel has missed the entire pre-season programme with a calf problem.
While both Jamie Carragher and Sotirios Kyrgiakos are over 30 years of age and are entering the final years of their careers.