Anfield side keen on giant striker.
LIVERPOOL are continuing their hunt for firepower – with Spain striker Fernando Llorente a possible target.
Kop boss Kenny Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli continue to monitor several options as Andy Carroll struggles to settle.
They are also keeping tabs on other hitmen including Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, but 26-year-old Llorente who would cost at least £20m, is also on their radar after some fine displays for Athletico Bilbao and Spain.
Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina and Maxi Rodriguez have also praised Llorente’s performances in La Liga this term to Liverpool’s hierarchy.
SOURCE: Sunday People
Fernando Llorente is continually linked with a move away from Athletic Bilbao but repeated speculation about a move away from the San Mames appears to be reaching a crescendo this month. The giant Spanish international has represented his Basque club since the age of 11 and has racked up over 250 appearances for the side but the forward’s push for a regular spot in Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish international starting eleven ahead of the Euro 2012 finals may well be best served by a high profile move to Anfield.
Luis Suarez lengthy ban coupled with Andy Carroll’s poor run of form is likely to push Liverpool into making a striking addition and whilst a move for Llorente won’t come cheap it may prove a wise signing to make as the Merseyside club look to make up ground in the race for a coveted top four finish.
The fact that Liverpool is already home to Spanish pair Pepe Reina and Jose Enrique may also help to tempt Llorente from leaving Bilbao though a number of other prospective suitors appear ready to tempt the 6ft 5in forward the moment he signals his intentions to move on.
Bilbao’s average start to the La Liga campaign may also act as an incentive to push for an exit though one would wonder what effect the signing of a big name target man like the Pamplona born Spaniard Llorente would have on Andy Carroll’s confidence.