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Liverpool struggling to talk down Schalke Papadopoulos price

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is battling to agree terms with Schalke for defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Guardian says Rodgers is willing to pay £12m for his first-choice central defender Papadopoulos and is also keen on Tiago Ilori, of Sporting Lisbon.

But Schalke are insisting on closer to £20m for Papadopoulos, who missed the final months of the Bundesliga season with a knee injury, and Liverpool are reluctant to be dragged into an auction for the Greek.

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