Anfield side keen on St Mary’s forward.
Liverpool are reportedly ready to make a move for Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez should they lose Uruguayan hit-man Luis Suarez according to the Sunday Mirror.
Brendan Rodgers is fearful of losing Suarez, who made it fairly clear he was open to an Anfield exit over the summer, and apparently sees 24 year old Rodriguez as a suitable replacement for the former Ajax man.
Rodriguez has done well since moving to St Mary’s in June 2012 and though he has not been prolific by any means the powerful forward has been very effective as a supporting forward for the likes of Rickie Lambert and Pablo Osvaldo, scoring 13 goals in 51 appearances.
Southampton paid £6m for Rodriguez, who is tied down to a long term contract, and will demand a significant increase on that figure and the former England Under 21 international may feel that such a move would help him break into the England national team set-up on a more regular basis having forced his way into Roy Hodgson’s latest squad.
Liverpool would be loathed to lose Suarez who has been in incredible form since completing his ten match suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, scoring eight goals in six Premier League starts.