Liverpool earmark 'Forrest Gump' as Johnson replacement

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Liverpool are reportedly keep tabs on Lazio defender Stephan Lichtsteiner.

The Swiss right-back has earned the nickname 'Forrest Gump' in Italy thanks to his marauding displays - which are also said to have attracted from Real Madrid.

Italian website Tuttomercato suggests the Spanish giants will join Liverpool in the chase for the 26-year-old, who could leave Italy in January should Lazio's demands be met.

Liverpool are thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements after the long-term layoff of Jamie Carragher.

The 33-year-old will be sidelined for 12 weeks after dislocating his shoulder as Liverpool lost to Spurs last month and Lichsteiner appears to be have been identified as the man to step into his shoes.

Liverpool are also thought to harbour doubts over the future of Glen Johnson at Anfield after his public spat with Roy Hodgson.

Although the Liverpool boss appeared to reconcile his differences with the 26-year-old defender, Juventus and Tottenham are thought to be closely monitoring his situation.

Rennes full-back Rod Fanni has also reportedly been earmarked by Liverpool as a potential replacement for Johnson, while Spurs reject Reto Ziegler has also been touted with regards to a move to Anfield.

Hodgson is expected to invest heavily in his squad in January as new Liverpool owners NESV look to back their manager in the transfer market.

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