Anfield side set sights on in form Bundesliga playmaker.
Liverpool are one of three clubs monitoring the form of Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael, according to reports in Germany.
The Brazilian, full name Raffael Caetano de Araujo, has scored five Bundesliga goals this season from his advanced position in the club’s midfield.
The playmaker is Hertha’s second most prolific finisher this season and has provided six assists in the German top-flight.
The talented schemer could have added to his impressive attacking stats had he not been banned for three games following a straight red card in a game against Hoffenheim in December.
The South American’s contract has two more years to run and he has a market value of around £7m and that has not deterred Kenny Dalglish’s side or Lazio and Sampdoria from expressing an interest.
German newspaper Kicker reports that Liverpool have sent scouts to watch 26-year-old Raffael in a handful of recent matches.
In this day and age, when £7m would be lucky to buy you a player’s right foot, let alone an entire quality player, £7m for Hertha Berlin’s Raffael would represent a real bargain and could add extra creativity to the Liverpool midfield and offer the Anfield club more strength in depth.
The 26 year old Brazilian was instrumental in getting Hertha Berlin back into the top tier as his 10 goals, and many assists, helped the Olympic Stadium side to the second tier title. Thus far this term the former FC Zurich man has also impressed, helping to keep Otto Rehhagel’s side above the drop zone.
Kenny Dalglish has sent scouts out to monitor the forward thinking midfielder’s progress and if Liverpool are indeed going up against Lazio and Sampdoria one would imagine that the Merseyside club would have a fair chance of winning the pursuit for the Hertha man.
Though Liverpool brought in a number of midfield and wide options in 2011, many have struggled to make an impact. Jordan Henderson floats in and out of games, Stewart Downing has struggled to get a run of good form whilst Charlie Adam can be counted on to provide a fair amount of assists the former Blackpool man has struggled to find the back of the net, managing just 2 Premier League goals this term, as opposed to the 12 he managed in a relegated Tangarines side last term.