The current trend in the transfer market is for young English talent to be sold at premium prices, with transfers involving Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones thought to have cost Liverpool and Manchester United £20million and £16million respectively.
With Liverpool having also broken the British transfer record in January to acquire Andy Carroll for £35million, it's fair to say Kenny Dalglish has set his stall out to add a Home Nations spine to his side.
Not for first time in his career he went head-to-head with Sir Alex Ferguson in pursuit of Jones, but the young Blackburn centre-half opted for Old Trafford over Anfield.
Reports emanating from various Merseyside sources have intimated Birmingham City's Scott Dann has emerged as a viable alternative to Jones, with Dalglish known to be an admirer of the 24-year-old.
Dann is keen to prolong his Premier League career in light of Birmingham's relegation, with the boyhood Liverpool fan thought to be keen to link-up with Dalglish.Here, in conjunction with Opta, we look at the man Liverpool missed out on and compare him with a player they may turn to as an alternative.
|PL 2010/11||Scott Dann||Phil Jones|
|Minutes On Pitch||1800||2176|
|Tackles and Blocks|
|Total Tackles Made||53||75|
|Last Man Saving Tackles||2||2|
|Tackles Won %||64%||68%|
|Total Clearances Made||168||120|
|Clearances per 90 mins||8.40||4.96|
|Passes per 90 mins||34.05||28.25|
|Pass Completion %||73%||62%|
|Total Fouls Conceded||18||27|
|Shots on Target||4||4|
|Shots off Target||6||10|