Liverpool linked with surprise swoop for EPL star stopper

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Manchester City reserve goalkeeper Shay Given has emerged as a summer transfer target for Liverpool reports the Daily Mail.

Given has endured a frustrating season at Eastlands having played second fiddle to England international stopper Joe Hart for most of the campaign.

It's thought that Roberto Mancini will not stand in the way of the 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international who is keen to get back playing first-team football.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is a known admirer of Given, having already signed him twice in recent years – for Blackburn Rovers in 1994, as well as taking him to St James' Park in 1997 when in charge of Newcastle United.


The Reds current goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been increasingly linked with a move away from Anfield this summer, citing his desire to play Champions League football as the reason he will request a transfer at the end of the current campaign.

With Liverpool currently sat in sixth place in the Barclays Premier League, four points behind Tottenham who also have two games in hand over the Reds.

Their chances of even qualifying for the Europa League remain in doubt, with failure to do so almost certainly meaning the end of Reina's Anfield tenure.

If the 28-year-old Spanish stopper does decide to move on, Liverpool could do far worse than replace him with Given – a top-class goalkeeper in his own right with proven experience.

While the Reds would no doubt want to find a long-standing replacement for Reina, it is believed that Given would be a suitable short-term fix, and would likely relish the chance to see out his career at Anfield with such an illustrious club as Liverpool.

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