Liverpool face considerable competition from reputable European rivals in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo this summer.
According to reports from talkSPORT, the Reds are currently locked in a four-way battle to sign Rojo, with Barcelona and wealthy French duo Monaco and Paris-Saint Germain also keen to acquire his services.
A versatile defender capable of playing in the heart of defence or out at full-back, Rojo notched four goals in 25 appearances at the Estádio José Alvalade last season and will head to the World Cup this summer as part of Argentina's squad for the tournament in neighbouring Brazil.
Although perhaps not quite yet the finished article at 24, Rojo would appear to fit the bill nicely in terms of what Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers will require during the upcoming summer transfer window.
While Liverpool drew many plaudits for their often breathtaking attacking play during an extremely positive 2013/14 Premier League season, the frequently brittle nature of their defending left fans at Anfield in little doubt as to what area of the squad requires the most attention before the Reds make their long-awaited return to top-level European competition.
Left-back appears to be a particular area of concern for Rodgers, with Jose Enrique having missed great swathes of the campaign following surgery on a knee injury and Valencia loanee Aly Cissokho having failed to prove himself capable of filling the void adequately on a consistent basis.
Centre-back will also surely be an additional area for reinforcement for Liverpool, particularly with vice-captain Daniel Agger having recently confessed that he is unsure if he will remain at the club following a lack of regular first-team opportunity in recent times.
Rojo could be the ideal signing to strengthen Liverpool's backline, although it would appear that the club face an extremely difficult task to bring him to the Premier League in light of the interest from three other potentially attractive suitors.