Jonathan Woodgate joins Liverpool scouting team based in Europe

Jonathan Woodgate
Woodgate scored the winning goal for Tottenham in the 2008 League Cup final

Former Leeds defender Jonathan Woodgate is to work as a scout for Liverpool, focusing on players in continental Europe.

The 36-year-old, who won eight England caps, also played for Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Tottenham, Stoke and Real Madrid during an 18-year career.

He was released in May by Middlesbrough following their promotion to the Premier League.

Woodgate is expected to be based in Spain for his new recruitment role.

He will also scout in Portugal and may be used by the club to oversee specific targets elsewhere.

Liverpool have brought several players from Spain and Portugal in recent seasons with a modest success rate.

Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Tiago Ilori, Lazar Markovic, Javier Manquillo and Aly Cissokho have all struggled to make an impact at Anfield, though Alberto Moreno remains in the first-team picture.

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