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Liverpool chasing Benfica's Maxi Pereira

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Liverpool are chasing Benfica defender Maxi Pereira as a potential replacement for England full-back Glen Johnson.

According to The Daily Express, Johnson has rejected a new contract at Anfield and manager Brendan Rodgers wants to move quickly to secure a replacement.

With Johnson's current deal expiring next summer, Rodgers is said to have earmarked Pereira as the man to replace his first choice right-back.

World Cup action

The Benfica man started Uruguay's World Cup campaign on the right hand side of the defence but after being sent off in their first game against Costa Rica he was missing from the 2-1 victory over Johnson's England and failed to win back his place for the vital game against Italy.

Pereira did however earn his place back for the last 16 tie against Colombia but he couldn't prevent a 2-0 defeat as Uruguay's World Cup campaign came to an end.

Free transfer

Having been at Benfica since 2007, when he joined in a £2.5million deal from Defensor in hit native Uruguay, Pereira's contract is up next summer, and his current club may be reluctant to lose him for nothing.

With that in mind Liverpool may look to swoop, despite already having ready-made replacements for Johnson, who is said to be a target for QPR boss Harry Redknapp, in their current squad.

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English youngsters Jon Flanagan and Andre Wisdom are both capable of filling that right-back role, and Flanagan's form last season saw him put on standby for Roy Hodgson's England squad this summer.

However, he spent the majority of last season playing on the left hand side of defence, so Rodgers is unlikely to put all his faith in him should Johnson depart Merseyside.

Experience

His other option, Wisdom, spent last season on loan at Championship side Derby, and so Rodger's is likely to want to bring in an experienced man to hold the fort while his younger options develop.

That man could well be Pereira, who admitted his future in Portugal is uncertain.

According to reports, when asked if he'd still be at the Lisbon club next season the 30-year-old replied: "I do not know if I will continue." 

Having already sealed the signing of England striker Rickie Lambert, Rodgers would be wise to strengthen his defensive options given last seasons performances.

The club struggled to name a settled back four, however Johnson was a regular member of the team and losing him would certainly give Rodgers a headache.

Given Pereira's experience with Benfica, where he's won two league titles and played regular Champions League football, he could be an ideal replacement for the former Chelsea defender.

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