Brendan Rodgers wants the Greece international to fill Jamie Carraghers’ boots.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will revive his interest in Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, the Express claim.
Papadapoulos was identified by Rodgers as the long-term replacement for Jamie Carragher at Anfield earlier in the summer only for his £19 million price tag to discourage the Northern Irishman from making an approach.
But, despite signing Kolo Toure, the 21-year-old centre back has remained high on the Reds’ wanted list and after his valuation was slashed they are now prepared to make a £13m bid for the Greece international with the new Premier League campaign just three weeks away.
Martin Skrtel’s future at Anfield is currently uncertain Rodgers has fixed his sights on defensive targets and views The Miners star as an astute long-term investment despite struggling with injury last season.
After playing 29 games in 2011/12, Papadapoulos managed just 10 appearances in the Bundesliga last term after undergoing surgery in November to fix a persistent knee problem but is now set to be the subject of a fresh bid from Liverpool, according to Tuttomercatoweb.
Chelsea were also thought to be monitoring the former Olympiacos player but their interest has since eased after Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge leaving the Merseyside club as his only English suitors.