Scott Dann Close to Liverpool: A Good Deal for the Reds?

Neil HarperCorrespondent IAugust 9, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12:  Raul Meireles of Liverpool challenges Scott Dann of Birmingham City during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Liverpool at St Andrew's Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As many of you may have heard, Liverpool have been looking for a centre back during the last two months of the transfer window. Although they have been linked with many choices for the role, it seems they have opted for their first choice in Scott Dann.

Dann was a player who was definitely tipped to be heading to the Premiership after Birmingham were relegated at the end of last season and Liverpool seemed favourites to land the 24 year old. In my view he looks to be a good choice for Liverpool, like many of their buys so far.

Scott Dann is a player who could easily fit into the current setup at Anfield or sit on the bench for the first few weeks of his career until the current players can't play—i.e Jamie Carragher, who despite still being a fantastic defender is not getting any younger and Dan Agger who is unfortunately extremely injury prone.

As for Skrtel, I do assume he's going to play another pivotal role this season (last season he played every minute of every Premiership game) and he could do with Dann alongside him in that role—except against Stoke. That's Kyrgiakos' game and you don't want to mess with him (that'll be the only game he starts, maybe Bolton—they have tall players).

I do think Scott Dann is a good player from watching him last season. Seeing as Liverpool are prepared to pay £8 million for him, they must see him as good value, especially considering the other players Liverpool are looking towards e.g. Cahill, Shawcross etc. who will probably cost double for the same player. Dann will not go straight into the first team—that would be a bad move considering the defenders I previously mentioned. Liverpool have a good setup at the moment and just need to add quality choices to help, most definitely at the back as we've seen in some of their preseason matches.

Although I do think Liverpool should be looking for left-backs so close to the new season, I'd praise the signing of Scott Dann because he's obviously got Premiership experience and the quality to play for a top team to boot. With Arsenal also looking at him, getting him might be better sooner rather than later.

So there we have it. Thanks for reading yet again and feel free to comment on this topic, or any others related to Liverpool.