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Liverpool confident beating Arsenal for Swansea defender Williams

Liverpool are confident beating Arsenal for Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.The Sun says Brendan Rodgers' biggest battle could come in convincing Reds owners Fenway Sports Group to cough up £12million-plus for the Swansea skipper.

Williams is the Anfield chief's first choice to replace 35-year-old Jamie Carragher, who retires at the end of the season.

Welsh centre-back Williams, 28, played under Rodgers for two years at Swans - and is a boyhood Liverpool fan.

Arsenal are also in the hunt and had a £9m offer turned down in January.

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