Well within striking distance of the Premier League title while clinging to the final Champions League spot, Liverpool and manager Brendan Rodgers are contemplating several moves to remain among the world’s elite.
The fourth-place Reds are currently six points back of Arsenal, and just one ahead of Everton, but can create some distance from the Toffees in 10 days’ time. Rodgers and his club could certainly add some reinforcements to the attacking side to assure a solid end to the campaign this spring.
First up on Rodgers wish list appears to be Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva, who was a target of Manchester United’s last summer. Rodgers reportedly admires the 26-year-old, according to The Express, but his contract is partially owned by Lazio and Udinese making a switch to Merseyside rather difficult.
Lazio is apparently prepared to buyout their partners in Udinese with a £7 million payout, but the Reds could swoop in and up the ante. Express indicated that Liverpool would be wise to land the Italian now before his value increases after a solid showing in this summer’s World Cup.
The same report indicated Liverpool’s interest in Basel winger Mohamed Salah, a deft Egyptian scorer that has the Swiss side perched high above the competition on the Super League table.
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Salah has notched nine goals since moving on from Cairo in 2011, and has been especially effective on the international stage with 17 goals in 27 appearances with Egypt’s senior club in the same span.
Liverpool received a huge boost with Daniel Sturridge’s return last weekend, but the Reds are still in need of more young scorers and are reportedly battling Manchester City, United, and Everton for 18-year-old Sheffield striker Diego De Girolamo, according to Daily Mail.
Born in England but with Italian roots, De Girolamo spent 10 years in Sheffield’s youth academy and made his first-team debut in 2012. However, he’s only made two appearances, and could find more opportunities under Rodgers’s tutelage.