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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Liverpool are trying to pip Arsenal for Birmingham's Scott Dann

In Liverpool's quest to strengthen their defense, recent sights have been set on Birmingham's defender Scott Dann. With Birmingham out of the Premier League, tempting Dann, one of their  top performers during their stent In the Premier League,  would probably be easy.  Besides the convenience, I don't see the allure. Scott Dann is a player, akin to Michael Turner, or even Charlie Adam- all of which were on Liverpool's radar at some point- who shined in a a team, performing well above expectations. When removed from that system, the hunger felt by player's playing for a team struggling for survival, diminishes astronomically. Managers up the table see an opportunity to sign a player on the cheap, from a relegated team, alla Hull City, Blackpool and of course Birmingham. Cheap they may be, but it's a price to pay for uncertainty.  Kenny Dalgleish added Blackpool's diamond in the ruff  Charlie Adam to Liverpool's ranks this summer. A player who looked good in pre- season, but the jury is still out on how he will perform at a bigger club.  The signing of Scott Dann would paint an all too familiar picture, as Dalgleish's push for English talent continues. He may be English, he may have performed for a struggling Birmingham side, but what the Red's need is a proven center-back, who has done it at the highest level.

With news of German International Per Mertesacker pondering his future at current side Werder Bremen, the German club would be mad not to cash in on him now before the end of his contract. Be it that he is available, that's who I would like to see at Anfield, a proven central defender vs. another question mark. It's not all doom and gloom defensively for the Merseyside club, and it's certainly rosier than Arsenal's situation. Jamie Carragher still has some spring in his 33-year old step, but he will need replacing at some point. Daniel Agger- a player I love- has been troubled with injury for much of season's past, so pinning your hope on him for regular service would be un-wise. Dann is not the answer, he's a finger in the dam.  

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