Liverpool Transfer News: Turkish Left Back 'Impresses Club Scouts'

Fenerbahce defender Caner Erkin is a reported Liverpool target.
Caner Erkin of Fenerbahce at Sukru Saracoglu in Istanbul, Turkey, September 20, 2012. Erkin has reportedly impressed Liverpool scouts. EuroFootball/Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp's slow and steady Liverpool revolution kicked up a gear on Wednesday night with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Manchester City at Anfield.

It appears Klopp is making progress on and off the pitch. According to Turkish website Fotomac.com, Liverpool scouts were in the stands of the Sukru Saracoglu stadium on Monday to watch Fenerbahce defeat Besiktas 2-0 in the Istanbul derby. They were not there simply for the novelty of experiencing one of Eurasian football's great cauldrons of noise.

Liverpool is reported to be in the market for a new left back, and there were two of interest on show in Caner Erkin and Ismail Koybasi.

The two play for different sides—Erkin for Fenerbahce and Koybasi for Besiktas—and they are also rivals for the left-back slot in the Turkey international team.

But Liverpool is understood to have a special interest in Erkin, who is older and more experienced than Koybasi at 27 and is the more attacking player, having been transformed in his time at Fenerbahce from a left winger to a left back.

He impressed, too, in front of the Liverpool staff, laying on the first goal for winger Volkan Sen with a precise free kick that can be seen below.

And Turkish-football.com claims the Liverpool scouts departed Sukru Saracoglu "impressed" by what they had witnessed.

Do not be surprised, then, to see the highly-rated and oft-courted Erkin in Liverpool red next season.