Unbeaten in their last 10 matches, Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers appear to be riding high during their magical and dominant Premier League campaign.
The rest of the league, including first-place Chelsea, will have to keep their eye on Liverpool for not only the rest of this season, but well beyond.
The Reds and team officials are ceaselessly looking to improve a squad that’s already loaded with the two top scorers in the Premier League in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge and of course one Steven Gerrard. That core has netted 53 of Liverpool’s 76 goals this campaign, and Rodgers continues to look for more scoring across the globe.
Earlier this week it was revealed by Portuguese club Benfica that Liverpool had inquired about 23-year-old striker Rodrigo Moreno’s availability, according to Daily Mail. Other interested clubs include Manchester United, Chelsea and West Brom, though his reported value of £25 million is enough to scare many suitors off.
Moreno has tested the English waters before, but was largely unsuccessful in his one-year loan to Bolton in 2010. He netted one goal in 17 appearances, compared to his roaring success in Portugal. Born in Brazil, Moreno has scored 25 goals in 63 appearances with Benfica since he moved on from Real Madrid’s B-squad.
It seems Liverpool scouts have become enamored with the Portuguese leagues and their top players, with Sporting Lisbon defensive midfielder William Carvalho, 21, next up on the transfer target list.
Originally from Angola but owner of numerous caps for Portugal’s national teams, Carvalho and his progress has been tracked by Liverpool, but Serie A’s Inter Milan looked poised to swoop, according to Talk Sport. The Italians are reportedly hoping to come to terms with Lisbon before the transfer window officially opens, with the latter open to negotiating Carvalho’s £25 million release clause down.
Then there is South Korean 15-year-old striker Seung-Woo Lee, a gifted young star that’s close to signing with Spanish giant Barcelona. Though he’s already under the wing of the Catalans youth academy, the two sides are reportedly coming close to some sort of deal that both Liverpool and Chelsea hope to thwart, according to Daily Star.
Nou Camp has lost several top prospects to the Premier League before, so it’s possible the Reds land Lee, who was discovered by Barcelona at the Catalunya-Korea Cup.