Liverpool backed to make surprise January move for ex-Spurs man

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Liverpool are reportedly pursuing Sampdoria left-back Reto Ziegler.

According to German website 4-4-2, Juventus have also entered the race for the Switzerland international, who experienced the Premier League upon signing for Tottenham aged just 18.

After spending three relatively unspectacular years at White Hart Lane, Ziegler moved to Serie A where his reputation has burgeoned at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is thought to be in the market for defensive reinforcements in January and has allegedly identified 24-year-old Ziegler after receiving glowing reports on his abilities from his contacts in Swiss football.

Hodgson, 63, was the Switzerland national coach between 1992 and 1995 and is understood to still retain a number of reliable sources who provide insights into the strengths and weaknesses of players in the Switzerland side.

Ziegler is the latest in a vast list of players to have been linked with a New Year move to Liverpool, with France defender Mamadou Sakho and Swedish full-back Oscar Wendt also reportedly on the Anfield radar.

However, Liverpool owner John Henry has hinted that there may be less business completed at Anfield in January than many people expect.

"I have been very forthright about our philosophy and about what we are going to try to achieve," Henry told Liverpool fanzine Red and White Kop.

"Some would prefer a quick fix. Others prefer to focus on the long-term and that is very difficult for most players."

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