Anfield outfit make plans for the future.
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Liverpool are pressing ahead with a £20million swoop for Belgian strike sensation Romelu Lukaku – despite Roy Hodgson being given the boot.
Kop talent-hunter Damien Comolli is understood to have approached Anderlecht about the 17-year-old striker who already has eight caps for his country.
That’s big money for Liverpool’s new owner John Henry, head of the Fenway Sports Group, but the Anfield hierarchy recognise they have to start revamping their squad – and fast.
That’s why Comolli has been busy identifying the brightest young stars in Europe and Lukaku now tops his list after Liverpool were told they have little chance of signing his international team mate Eden Hazard from Lille.
Belgian winger Hazard, 19, is wanted by Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Jose Mourinho and sources in France say he’s likely to head for United or Real Madrid rather than risk a move to a club in transition.
Another player on Liverpool’s radar is Valencia’s Pablo Hernandez.
Despite David Silva’s exit to Manchester City in the summer, 25-year-old Hernandez has failed to pin down a regular starting place and has admitted he will look for a move if coach Unai Emery doesn’t give him a decent run. Tottenham have also expressed an interest in the £15m-rated star. (Daily Mirror)
This is quite some array of young talent and with Roy Hodgson out of the equation surely such moves are now infinitely more likely? Damien Comolli is someone who garners alot of respect on the continent and it appears that the French Director of Football’s philosophy ties in well with the way Fenway Sports Group are looking to build up the quality of the Anfield squad from the ground up.
Liverpool have some decent talent coming through the academy and the club have already bought in some decent up and coming youngsters to help build a squad for the future and now John W Henry is ready to put some financial backing to help bring in this trio of talent.
Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are considered two of the hottest prospects in European football and it would be quite a coup if the Merseyside club can beat the likes of Real Madrid and Arsenal to their signatures as they are both likely to leave Lille and Andelecht respectively in the summer or perhaps even this month.
Spanish international Pablo Hernandez has been a big success since his move to Valencia in 2008 and has come out of the shadows since the sale of David Silva and David Villa.
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