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LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier was at the opening match of Euro 2000 in Brussels, sparking speculation that he is showing an interest in Belgian defender Eric Deflandre.

The right back had an impressive match against Sweden, and it will be interesting to note how he performs in the clash against Italy on Wednesday night, which should decide which nation tops Group B.

Houllier has identified the left back slot as one of his priority areas to strengthen this summer, but he is believed to have been drawn towards Deflandre, after his display at the Roi-Baudouin Stadium.

The Bruges man is also wanted by French side Lyon, and they are hopeful of snaring the 26-year-old in a bid to stiffen their own defence. The wealthy outfit have also been linked with the likes of Chelsea duo Frank Leboeuf and Didier Deschamps during the close season.

Markus Babbel is expected to fill the right back berth next term, when he arrives from Bayern Munich on a Bosman free transfer after Euro 2000. However, he can also play at centre back, and there has been some talk that Rigobert Song will be leaving Anfield, so a move for Deflandre may still be considered.