Reds zone in on Aston Villa star Fabian Delph as their long term midfield maestro.
Liverpool have identified Aston Villa and England midfielder Fabian Delph as their long term replacement for ageing captain Steven Gerrard, report the Mirror, with the Reds now very much having entered the process of looking to replace their captain and a player who has been an icon of the club for more than a decade.
Delph is set to return to action after a lengthy injury lay off at Villa Park in the near future and will be looking to regain his form of the early part of the season, which earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad that culminated in an impressive display in a European Championships qualifier in Basle.
A move for Delph would make sense on a number of levels for Liverpool, with the former Leeds United man set to be available on the cheap in January as his contract expires at the end of the season, whilst he is also the sort of enterprising, creative central midfield player who could excel in Brendan Rodgers’ midfield.
Whether he is the sort of driving force that the club would probably need to soften the blow of Gerrard’s possible departure, with the former England man also out of contract, remains to be seen, however, although it is clearly an area that Liverpool are now looking to address.