Liverpool have reportedly identified Genoa defender Domenico Criscito as a candidate to fill their problematic left-back role.
The 24-year-old was Italy's full-back of choice at the 2010 World Cup and has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in Serie A - in turn attracting interest from a number of clubs.
Caughtoffside reports that Liverpool are keen on the Italian - with further speculation appearing on Calciomercatonews and The Guardian - as they pursue a long term solution their ongoing defensive issue.
The departure of Paul Konchesky - who joined Nottingham Forest on loan in January - from Anfield has left Liverpool short on recognised left-backs and the Reds are known to have identified this as an area of their squad in desperate need of addressing.
With Emiliano Insua also out on loan, Liverpool only have one recognised first teamer in Fabio Aurelio at the their disposal to fill the void - although Kenny Dalglish appears reluctant to use the services of the Brazilian.
The Liverpool boss has employed Glen Johnson - naturally a right-sided player - on the left in recent weeks but he is unlikely to be a permanent fixture in the position.
Along with the €14 million-rated Criscito, Liverpool have also been linked with Celtic's Emilio Izaguirre and Newcastle defender Jose Enrique in their pursuit of reinforcements.
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