Liverpool’s first January signing? Two-time league title winner on the Reds’ transfer radar

first_img1 Maxi Pereira has been linked with a move to Liverpool In the absence of Luis Suarez, the spotlight has been firmly on Liverpool’s lacklustre attack line this season, but their defence hasn’t been up to scratch either.Kop boss Brendan Rodgers made it his mission during the summer to bolster his backline, bringing in three new faces at an estimated cost of around £35m.The same problems persist however, and if Liverpool are to gatecrash the top four this season, then Rodgers will have to readdress that issue fast.According to the latest reports, the Northern Irishman is going to start by making a move for Benfica full-back Maxi Pereira. With more on the Uruguayan, here’s talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight.Name: Maximiliano PereiraDate of birth: 08/06/84Born: Montevideo, UruguayClub: BenficaPosition: Full-backInternational: Uruguay – 98 caps/three goalsWhat’s the latest?Given Spanish youngster Javier Manquillo is only at Liverpool on loan and veteran defender Glen Johnson is widely expected to depart the club at the end of the season, Brendan Rodgers would be forgiven for looking to splash more cash on bringing in a more permanent full-back. Maxi Pereira may be turning 31 at the end of the current campaign, but his experience as a two-time title winner could prove invaluable.Pereira’s contract expires at the end of the season, but it is thought that Benfica would be willing to part with him during the January window.The nitty gritty:1) Pereira made his debut as an 18-year-old for Montevideo-based Defensor Sporting in 2002 and over five years he played 95 league games, scoring 20 goals.2) While most comfortable as a full-back, Pereira is very versatile and during his time at Defensor it was not uncommon to see the Uruguayan playing in a more advanced position.3) Upon joining Benfica, he was more consistently used as a full-back, where he remains today, although the Portuguese giants have taken great advantage of his attacking talents. Pereira is often seen charging down the flank, providing crosses and generally causing havoc in the opposition 18-yard box. As such, he notched up five assists last season for Benfica.4) On criticism of Pereira though is his temper. Over the past three-and-a-half seasons (including the current campaign) he has been booked 47 times for Benfica and dismissed twice and as viewers of the 2014 World Cup may remember, he received the first red card of the tournament.5) Despite his tendency to occasionally lose his head, Pereira boasts a great deal of experience. A veteran of two World Cups, he has won 98 caps for Uruguay and played a pivotal role in La Celeste winning the 2011 Copa America – Uruguay’s 15 victory in the tournament. He has also won two Portuguese league titles.Video evidence:center_img Liverpool fans, is Maxi Pereira the man to solve your defensive woes? Comment below…last_img

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