Liverpool are reportedly plotting a surprise move for Bayern Munich captain Philip Lahm.
According to Sportingo, the Reds and Chelsea are both chasing the £23 million-rated full-back and Bayern are already looking for a potential replacement.
Although it would seem unlikely that the Bundesliga giants would sell their skipper, Liverpool and Chelsea are both reportedly prepared to test their resolve in the summer.
The Blues are thought to be in the market for a world class right-back, with Jose Bosingwa's career at Stamford Bridge stagnating and Branislav Ivanovic not a particularly useful attacking option on the flanks.
Liverpool, meanwhile are known to be after defensive reinforcements and a deal for Lahm would certainly represent quite a coup for the Anfield club.
However, it would be a surprise if Liverpool did launch a bid for the 27-year-old with Glen Johnson and the increasingly impressive Martin Kelly already providing Kenny Dalglish with capable options on the right.
A more pressing issue for Liverpool is the acquisition of a new left-back with the injury-prone Fabio Aurelio currently the only senior player at Anfield who is a natural in that position.
Liverpool are reportedly closing in in Newcastle's Jose Enrique as they look to solve their left-sided woes in time for next season.