Kenny Dalglish is believed to be about to offer Stoke £10m plus Christian Poulsen to land Ryan Shawcross.
Liverpool need a proven centre-back and have been linked with Birmingham’s Scott Dann for many months, but no deal has materialised for him and now Dalglish needs to look elsewhere before the close of the transfer window.
The present options for Liverpool are Jamie Carragher, Daniel Agger and Sotirios Kyrgiakos.
Martin Skrtel is out injured, so they need a new recruit and Dalglish believes Shawcross could be the answer.
Liverpool will make a cash plus Danish international Poulsen offer to tempt Stoke chief Tony Pulis into doing a deal.
Pulis will not want to lose Shawcross but may be forced into the transfer if the player wants to move.