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Staying in Italy now, prominent Italian journalist and commentator Gianluca Di Marzio writes on his own webpage that Liverpool have sent scouts on a dual-purpose trip to the country to watch two of Genoa's talents.
Another defender, this time former Wigan Athletic Sweden international Andreas Granqvist, is the first target, while the more exciting young midfielder Alexander Merkel is the second.
Merkel is a German youth player who was born in Kazakhstan and spent the past few seasons with AC Milan, who he played for a handful of times. After a spell owned by both AC and Genoa, his current club bought out AC's share in the summer, leaving him owned by just the one club.
At 20 years of age he is already seen as a potential star of coming years.
Granqvist is a 27-year old defender who has been at Genoa for over a year since leaving Wigan. It seems an unlikely Liverpool target in all honesty, given the strength in depth at the club in this position and the ranks of youngsters hoping to make their mark.