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Liverpool suffer £17 million double blow in pursuit of right-back

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Having lost out on Rod Fanni, Liverpool are set to suffer a second blow with the news Zenit St Petersburg will not allow Alexander Anyukov to leave, according to the Daily Mail.

The Russian right-back has revealed he loves the Premier League but his side have enough financial power to price him out of a move.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is currently looking for a replacement for Glen Johnson and had identified Rennes’ Fanni as his first choice.

However, the Frenchman has agreed to join Marseille so Hodgson now has two alternatives in mind in Anyukov and Stephan Lichtsteiner.

However, Liverpool are unlikely to bring the former to Anfield due to Zenit slapping a £17 million price tag on him.

Liverpool had been hoping to bring in a cheaper player and then cash in on Johnson, allowing them to improve on other areas of their squad but will be disappointed with the money being asked for by the Russian champions.

Anyukov has previously claimed: “I like to watch English football on TV. People there fight till the last minute, even a 3-0 lead doesn’t guarantee victory. And fans don’t leave the stands till the final whistle.

“I played in recently in Dublin against the Republic of Ireland. The home team were three behind and the fans’ reaction was still as if their team were winning confidently. Therefore, their players kept attacking and pulled two back.

“In Russia, if the home team are losing - I wouldn’t want to repeat (what is said)! Our fans need to learn something from the English. We are engaged in a common cause.”

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