Liverpool look to Germany for double swoop

Werder Bremen winger Marko Marin and Borussia Dortmund striker Lucas Barrios have been lined up by Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish as he looks to strengthen his squad, The People reports. Dalglish has been looking for a striker all January after Luis Suarez’s ban and the indifferent performances from Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt.

The Reds director of football Damien Comolli identified Marin a year ago and failed with an offer for the German international, but is prepared to make another move of £12m. The 22 year old has impressed for Bremen and played twice for Germany during the 2010 World Cup, where Liverpool first made their approach. Liverpool only have one recognised winger in Stewart Downing and are looking to hold off interest from Tottenham to snatch Marin.

Barrios has fallen out of favour with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp and is no longer a first choice starter, despite his form in Dortmund’s title winning season. The 27 year old is valued at £10m and Liverpool executives have made contact with the German champions to see if they will send him on loan until the end of the season, when a permanent move will be open for an option. Barrios’ £100,000 a week salary could keep rivals QPR away from signing the Paraguayan and Dalglish is hoping to secure the deal by the Tuesday deadline.

Dutch striker Dirk Kuyt will stay at Liverpool, despite plenty of speculation surrounding his future. Italian sides Roma and Fiorentina have expressed their interest to the Reds, but Dalglish has dismissed a move away. The Dutch international scored the winner in the FA Cup fourth round against Manchester United on Saturday and that has ensured Liverpool want to keep Kuyt at Anfield.

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