Maxi Pereira would cost Liverpool £5.5m to buy this summer

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Maxi Pereira will cost Liverpool £5.5 million if they wish to purchase the defender this summer, the Merseyside club have reportedly been informed.

This is according to The Daily Express, who report that speculation has surfaced very recently suggesting that Reds boss Brendan Rodgers could pounce for the Benfica full-back as a possible successor to Glen Johnson, who has supposedly been attracting interest from newly-promoted Premier League outfit Queens Park Rangers.

Pereira is not the only full-back to have been linked with a move to Anfield in recent weeks, either, with the likes of Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand and Sporting Lisbon star Marcos Rojo also having been the subject of increasingly intense transfer speculation along with Sevilla's Alberto Moreno.

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Previous experience

32-year-old Pereira only has one solitary year remaining on his current contract with the Benfica, the club whom he originally joined back in 2007 from Montevideo-based Defensor Sporting.

Pereira made 24 appearances last season during a hugely successful, trophy-laden campaign for Benfica and has also represented his country on 93 occasions.

His most recent appearances for Uruguay came at this summer's World Cup - a tournament that unfortunately proved somewhat controversial for La Celeste prior to their round of 16 exit at the hands of Colombia, with Luis Suarez having courted yet more negative press attention and also incurred a hefty ban for a bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Red card woe

The World Cup didn't prove an enormously successful or memorable one for Pereira either, in fact, with the player having received a straight red card for a petulant kick on Arsenal forward Joel Campbell during the shock defeat to Costa Rica in Fortaleza last month.

Despite that aforementioned incident - one which saw him suspended for the fixture against England - perhaps pointing to somewhat of a short fuse on Pereira's part, the idea of potentially replacing Johnson may not be to every Liverpool fan's disliking.

While he was a key component of Rodgers' side that almost secured a fairytale first top-flight title in over two decades last season, Johnson has never been an immensely popular figure either with the Anfield faithful or indeed the majority of England supporters.

Indeed, ordinarily one might expect 53 caps to be indicative of a footballer's considerable talent and consistent reliability. However in Johnson's case, such a run for the Three Lions appears for many to only further highlight the dearth of quality available to current boss Roy Hodgson on the right-hand side of defence.

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Johnson upgrade?

Just whether Pereira is deemed as a suitable or adequate upgrade at club level, however, remains to be seen.

While he has usually appeared to perform adequately at international level, many Liverpool fans should perhaps be rightly concerned at his lack of experience of playing in a major European league and the fact that he is actually three years older than Johnson.

If Liverpool and Rodgers are indeed content to let their current first-choice right-back depart in the near future, then it could certainly be argued that the club should be aiming their sights somewhat higher than the ageing Pereira - particularly with a crucial Champions League campaign on the horizon.

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