Liverpool defender target talks up 'historic' Reds interest

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Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist has admitted he is ‘flattered’ by reported interest from Liverpool.

Granqvist has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks, while he also attracted interest from Lazio and AC Milan in the past.

Liverpool appear keen on signing reinforcements in defence, with the Metro reporting that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has sent representatives from Anfield to run the rule over the 27-year-old.

The paper reports Liverpool are lining up a move to take the former Wigan defender to Anfield in January – a move the player himself would seemingly welcome.

'Honestly, I don't know much about this interest. I am focused on Sweden's World Cup qualifiers and then we'll see what happens,' he told Sportbladet.

'I am happy in Genoa, but obviously I am flattered by the interest from the Reds. They are an historic and successful club.'

Currently Liverpool have a set partnership at the back in Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, although the latter has been somewhat prone to injury in recent years.

Despite this, and reports linking him with a move away from Merseyside, Agger signed a new deal recently, while veteran defender Jamie Carragher and Sabastian Coates have stepped into the breach when required this season.

Rodgers confirmed over the weekend his plans to be active in the January transfer window, with Liverpool seemingly in need of reinforcements up front.

With Fabio Borini injured and Andy Carroll farmed out on loan to West Ham, the Liverpool boss can only call upon Luis Suarez to lead the line until the winter window opens.

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