Transfer news: Liverpool open talks with PSG defender Mamadou Sakho - reports

Versatile Frenchman will ease the defensive crisis at Anfield

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Brendan Rodgers is weighing up a move for Paris Saint-Germain's Mamadou Sakho in an effort to ease Livepool’s defensive crisis.

Liverpool are reported to have opened talks with PSG for the French centre-back, who can also fill in at left-back. Rodgers is in need of reinforcements to his backline after Kolo Toure and recent signing Aly Cissokho suffered injuries in the 4-2 victory over Notts County in the Capital One Cup second round last night, while Sebastian Coates could be sidelined for the whole season with a knee injury he picked up while on international duty for Uruguay last week.

“We need to get a few players in and that will continue right up to the end of the window,” Rodgers said.

Liverpool could face competition for the 23-year-old’s signature with Roma, however the Ligue 1 side’s chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said he will do all he can to keep Sakho, who has spent his entire career at PSG.

"Sakho is a child of the club just like Steven Gerrard is at Liverpool," Al-Khelaifi was quoted in L'Equipe.

"It is hard to imagine him wearing another team's jersey. I'm a little surprised that he wants to leave.

"I had a discussion with him. My position is very clear and he knows it. We want to keep him and we will do everything to achieve that."