Liverpool handed boost in chase for Barcelona defender

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Barcelona defender Martin Montoya has been a Liverpool target for a while, after having a successful season for the Spanish champions last season.

With the Spanish full-back's contract set to expire this summer, Rodgers may just be tempted into making another bid for Montoya as he looks to strengthen his defence this month, reports talkSPORT.

Not the most attacking of full-backs, Montoya rarely scores, unlike England and current Liverpool full-back Glen Johnson. And, at only 5ft 7in tall, his ability to create chaos from set-pieces isn't exactly his strong point.

His ability to read the game however, is his main attribute, often allowing him to regain possession for his side and then lay off a pass and get forward where he can deliver a wicked cross.

The Liverpool manager has identified his weakest positions as central midfield and full-backs. This could see the Spanish U21 right-back move to Anfield this month, following his contract negotiation with current club, Barcelona stalling.

The stalled contract talks could give Rodgers the opportunity to sign the young full-back for cheaper than expected, with Barcelona most likely wanting to cash-in on Montoya before he could leave on a free in the summer.

Arsenal have also been linked with Montoya before, and so Brendan Rodgers will be looking to sign this youngster while he can, before Arsene Wenger can have his chance to snap up the Barcelona right-back.

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