Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers hoping to strengthen Liverpool's backline

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of completing transfers for Spanish defenders Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo.

Having missed out on their initial target for the left-back role - Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, who has joined Southampton on a season-long loan - the Reds are now understood to have refocused their attention on Sevilla's Moreno.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen on bringing in a couple of new full-backs to add stability to the Reds defence, even though he already has the likes of Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan for the wing-back positions.

Last season, Rodgers faced a lot of problems when Enrique was ruled out for six months, following a serious knee injury. And after on-loan defender Aly Cissokho failed to establish himself, the Northern Irishman was forced to deploy Flanagan in the left-back position for the remainder of the season.

Even though Enrique is now back in action, Rodgers is keen to sign another left-back to avoid a similar situation again.

Although Sevilla turned down Liverpool's bid for Moreno earlier this summer, the Reds have now managed to convince the Spanish side to part with their defender after making a bid around £16 million, according to Sky Sports.

The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a very successful campaign as he helped Sevilla win the Europa league last season, is also reportedly keen to move on to a big club in search of a new challenge.

Apart from Moreno, Liverpool are reportedly close to securing Atletico Madrid right-back Manquillo on a two-year loan deal, with an option to buy, for a reported £5 million, according to the Mirror.

Although the 20-year-old, who has played for Spain at the Under-20 levels, is relatively inexperienced - making only three appearances for Atletico Madrid last season - he is tipped to be a star in the future.

Liverpool Chief Executive Ian Ayre has reportedly flown to Spain in an attempt to speed up the negotiations and chalk out the finer details of the two deals, so that Moreno and Manquillo can join the Reds in their pre-season trainings as soon as possible.

The Merseyside club has already completed the signings of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren (all from Southampton), Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), Lazar Markovic (Benfica) and Divock Origi (Lille) as they look to improve their chances in the Premier League and other competitions next season.

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