By Harvey Byrne

Former midfielder Dietmar Hamann has told that he would take veteran centre-back Pepe to Liverpool “in a heartbeat.”

The 34-year-old is soon to be out of contract with Euro giants Real Madrid with his current deal set to expire on June 30.

He is now currently away in Russia with Portugal for the Confederations Cup and during his country’s clash against the hosts on Wednesday afternoon Hamann told his followers on his personal Twitter account that Pepe was one player he would take to Anfield.

Liverpool have had problems defensively for a number of years now and last season was no different as they held the title of the worst goals against record in the top four with 42 conceded from their 38 Premier League matches.

They have however been strongly linked with a mega-money deal for Southampton star Virgil van Dijk as Jurgen Klopp looks to rectify his side’s defensive woes for the next campaign.

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But, Pepe, who has won three La Liga titles, three Champions Leagues and one European Championship among many other titles could be a much cheaper alternative.

However, there are also question marks hanging over the 83-time capped international at this stage of his career after playing just 18 times for Real Madrid in all competitions in the last campaign.

In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds could seal their second summer signing on Wednesday after agreeing terms.

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