Saturday, 4th February, 2012
Liverpool are monitoring two Atletico Madrid defenders with a view to a summer swoop.
According to Spanish radio station Cadena Ser, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is looking closely at moving for Uruguayan centre back Diego Godin and left back-cum-centre back Alvaro Dominguez.
Liverpool have been linked with Godin before, notably last summer, and the Uruguayan has been mooted as being a potential departure from the Vicente Calderon for some time.
However, the arrival of Diego Simeone as Atletico’s new coach has left the situation far less clear, with the capital city club likely to be looking for a substantial fee to release either defender.
Godin joined Atletico in the summer of 2010 after first settling into Spanish football through three years at Villarreal.
At the Vicente Calderon, Godin has been a success, although has often found himself part of a backline tested to destruction by his side’s relentless attacking verve; something Simeone is curbing in favour of greater solidity.
Dominguez meanwhile, is a product of Atletico’s youth academy, having switched from Real Madrid’s set-up in 2001.
The 22-year-old has impressed since making the breakthrough from Atletico’s B side in 2009 and has amassed well over 50 La Liga appearances.
The Spaniard has also been called up to the full Spain squad, although has yet to earn a senior cap; he did though win the European Under-21 Championship last year, as La Roja claimed the crown in Denmark.