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By Chris Rowland.

This week started with the resurrection of an old link and ended with the startling emergence of a new one. The common theme – they’d both fit into the Asylum Dream Team we’re trying to assemble! (copyright Stretch on August 2nd!).

First up, it’s the Greek with the Mad Staring Eyes:

Liverpool are ready to resurrect their pursuit of Greece international defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos. Boss Rodgers has long pursed the Schalke defender, but a troubling knee injury at the end of last season, persuaded him to defer a bid for the £12m-rated player. Now though, the Greek defender, 21, has recovered sufficiently from the problem to be confident of passing any medical. Daily Mirror July 27.

The Mirror, the Daily Express and the Daily Mail had more on this on July 30.

But the Liverpool Echo cast doubt over the move:

However, Rodgers’ more recent comments throw doubt on the possibility of a bid for Papadopoulos. The Northern Irishman has been quoted as saying he does not see the need to sign another centre-back. “Defensively, I think we’ll be fine. Kolo has been terrific since he came in here. He may be 32 but he’s super fit. He’s a player who has looked after himself. His age is no barrier and he’s someone with a winning mentality,” the Anfield boss told the Liverpool Echo.”He’s someone we felt could come in and support the group with his experience and his qualities. I’ve looked at him over the course of his career and watched him a lot last year. Having seen him first hand since he joined the club, he will be very good for us this season,” Rodgers added.

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