Liverpool have brought in Norway and Molde defender Vegard Forren for a trial this week with the possibility of a permanent move. According to Ben Smith of BBC Sport, a deal for a permanent transfer has not been signed. Liverpool should work to complete the signing and get it done before another club makes a move for the defender.
Liverpool need to improve their defense for the rest of the season. While they haven't been terrible, they haven't been good enough considering the expectations for the Reds. They've conceded 28 goals in 22 games which is good for ninth in the Premier League.
They would certainly need to improve their defense if they want to get further up the table.
The 24-year-old centre-back is one of the top players in the Norwegian Premier League, which is currently in it's offseason. He lead his team to the top of the Norwegian Premier League table and to Champions League qualifying.
This season, Forren has played in both Champions League qualifying and in the Europa league, so he is therefore cup-tied for each competition. With Liverpool in Europa League, it needs to be considered, but for the money, it's not a big concern.
The move would provide some security for Liverpool, as Sebastian Coates could go on loan. While Forren is about five inches shorter than the 6'6" Coates, he uses his body and head well to defend in the box.
Forren is a physical player who is willing to throw his body around when need be. While that's an admirable trait, it sometimes gets him into trouble with fouls. That said, Forren has only been sent off once since his career got underway in 2008.
The move isn't an attractive signing, but it's a very smart buy that gives the club a talented defender as well as some security. The fee is small and probably worth a player of Forren's caliber.
Liverpool shouldn't allow Forren to get out of his trial without signing him to a permanent deal unless he's completely unimpressive. With Reading and Southampton looming, the Reds would be smart to finalize the deal.
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