Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Dalglish Set to Step Up Chase for Newcastle Defender

Jake WareCorrespondent IIIOctober 28, 2011

NEWCASTLE, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 04:  Fabricio Coloccini of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St James' Park on March 4, 2009 in Newcastle, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Looking to strengthen his defensive corps, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish signed Uruguayan youngster Sebastian Coates this summer.

It would appear, however, that he has deemed that Coates is not enough. The Daily Mirror are reporting that Liverpool are set to step up their interest in Newcastle's Argentine centre-back Fabricio Coloccini. 

The defender, who will turn 30 in January, joined Newcastle from Spanish club Deportiva La Coruna in 2008, and has since established himself as one of the better central defenders in the Premier League.

Coloccini plays a game based on strength and power, and his promotion to the role of club captain shows he also brings good leadership skills to the table. He stands at 6'1", 78 kg, and is one of the most physically imposing defenders in the Premier League. 

Liverpool have already done business with Newcastle in the past, having signed both striker Andy Carroll and left-back Jose Enrique in 2011. They are looking for a replacement for veteran defender Jamie Carragher, and Coloccini certainly looks like a solid temporary option until Coates is ready to step up full time. It wouldn't be surprising to see Dalglish make an offer for him in the January transfer market.

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