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Liverpool are considering a move to sign Real Madrid defender Raul Albiol at the end of the season, according to Tutto Mercato Web.
The 27-year-old has failed to feature regularly for the Spanish giants as he has made just 11 La Liga starts this season. Albiol has now fallen down Jose Mourinho's pecking order, with the Portuguese manager preferring Raphael Varane, Pepe and Sergio Ramos ahead of the Spanish international in the centre-back position.
The report claims the defender is now looking for a move away from the Spanish capital club in order to make it to the national side for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Brendan Rodgers has now set his eyes on Albiol as a replacement for Liverpool veteran Jamie Carragher, who will retire at the end of the season.
The central defender signed a contract extension last summer with his current employers, which will keep him at Santiago Bernabeu till 2017. Albiol needs more play time and with the likes of Varane, Pepe and Ramos in the squad, it looks very unlikely that he will get the same in Madrid.