Liverpool are ready to move for Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny if the Gunners fail to qualify for the Champions League, [football] direct news understands. The north London outfit face an uphill struggle to clinch fourth spot in the Premier League table, having fallen behind Everton, in stark contrast to Liverpool who are closing in on their first top-flight title in 24 years. A source close to Anfield told FDN boss Brendan Rodgers is determined to use the summer transfer window to bolster his defence and views Koscielny as one of the leading centre-halves in Europe. The 28-year-old still has more than three years left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium but the Reds plan to test his club’s resolve to hold onto him if they miss out on fourth place in the table. They are also quietly confident that the France international will be tempted to make the switch due to Liverpool’s involvement in Europe’s top club competition and the speed with which Rodgers has transformed them into title contenders.