By Christian Bailey
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly interested in German international defender Benedikt Howedes and is readying an offer for the adaptable 24 year old as the Anfield manager looks to strengthen his squad.
The newly appointed manager is concerned at the options available at the back, especially at the centre of the Liverpool defence. Whilst Slovakian international Martin Skrtel has been a mainstay, Daniel Agger has been consistently affected by injury concerns and veteran Jamie Carragher looks set to become a bit part player as Rodgers looks to plan for the future.
Howedes is currently with Joachim Low’s squad at the Euro 2012 finals having helped his Schalke side to a third place finish last term, that helped secure a Champions League spot for Huub Stevens side.
The powerfully built defender has represented Schalke since the age of 13 but has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the Veltins-Arena side, with apparent interest from a number of sides including Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
Stevens faces a fight to keep his best performers this summer having lost Raul and with interest growing in goal machine Klaas-Jan Huntelaar there is a chance that a bid from Liverpool for Howedes could well tempt the talented German who can play effectively either as a central defender or on the as a right-back.