Liverpool are set to make a move for Argentina defender Gabriel Mercado after manager Jurgen Klopp personally scouted the player in Argentina's 2-1 win over Chile in the Copa America. The Reds are in the market for a defender to replace Kolo Toure, who was released after the recently concluded season.
The Mirror reports that Mercado is high on Klopp's priority list and would add some much needed back-up to his fist choice centre-backs. The 29-year-old is known for his versatility as he can be deployed at right-back, in the middle of defence and on the right side of the midfield. He started his career with Racing Club before joining Estudiantes and followed that up by moving to Rive Plate, where he currently plays.
Liverpool do not have European football to contend with next season and can put their entire weight behind the Premier League, where they finished in eighth position under Klopp. The last time they were not burdened with other competitions was in the 2013/14 season, when they finished the season on second spot, only losing to Manchester City for the title.
However, Klopp needs to make a few quality additions to the side to make that a reality and have only completed a deal for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius thus far in the transfer window. The goalkeeper will be used as back-up for Simon Mignolet, who has had his problems between the sticks for the Reds last season.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse has tipped the Reds to challenge for the title under Klopp. Cisse believes that the former Borussia Dortmund manager is a miracle worker and can make the impossible happen next season at Anfield.
"I think Liverpool needs someone like him [Klopp], somebody passionate who is used to managing clubs with huge reputations. He makes miracles. If you let him build his team and make a real preparation, I think it can go very well," Cisse told Goal.
"He has what it takes [to lead Liverpool], he returns to the philosophy of the club. He can become a legend," he added.