£6m defender wonderkid emerges as prime Liverpool target

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Liverpool are reportedly considering a bid for teenage Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Schalke centre back has been earning rave reviews in Germany after signing from Olympiakos in the summer, and Liverpool have reportedly sent scouts to watch the player's progress.

Reports in Germany claim Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea have also sent representatives to take a closer look at the player, who is set to be sold by the Bundesliga outfit amidst financial troubles at the club.

A Greek U17, U19 and U21 international, Papadopoulos is seen as a rising star of Greek football who is tipped to become a full international for his country.

Liverpool will hope to use compatriot Sotirios Kyrgiakos, who impressed at Anfield before injury lost him his place in the first team, in an effort to persuade the player that his future home could be on Merseyside.


New owners NESV are keen to bring young talent to the club in a bid to build for the future, and Papadopoulos would likely bide his time in the youth and reserve teams before getting his chance in the Liverpool first team in the future.

A potential long-term successor to Jamie Carragher, no fee is mentioned in the German reports re-published by Footylatest, although it's not expected that Liverpool would have to pay in the region of £6 million for the player.

Kenny Dalglish recently presented a shortlist of players to John W. Henry and the Liverpool board, and whilst it's unlikely that Papadopoulos was on the list, the Reds clearly have an interest in the player and could make their move this month to prevent losing out on the 18-year-old.

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