Liverpool has reportedly come to an agreement with Benfica to acquire defender Lorenzo Melgarejo next year on a season-long loan pending a work permit according to's Mike Whalley.

According to Whalley the Reds could keep Melgarejo around long-term at a price in the £7 million range next summer if he shows promise at Anfield.

A 22-year-old left back Melgarejo is every bit as comfortable and perhaps more dangerous playing as a winger. Nonetheless he's expected to compete with and challenge Jose Enrique at the left back spot in Liverpool's lineup in 2013-14.

After having made a handful of club appearances in his native Paraguay Melgarejo joined Benfica in 2011 and was loaned out to Pacos de Ferreira immediately.

Playing on the left wing he showed off his athleticism quickness and goal scoring prowess netting 10 goals in 29 league games for Pacos to lead the squad that year.

It remains to be seen how Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers will utilize Melgarejo next season but it's difficult to imagine the Reds boss playing him as a traditional left back considering some of his many struggles at the back last season with Benfica.