Anfield side keen on Bernabeu back-up.
Brendan Rodgers clearly know Jose Mourinho very well from their time working together at Stamford Bridge and this could well have led to the speculation surrounding a Liverpool bid for Real Madrid attacker Jose Callejon. The 25 year old adaptable forward finally made a tangible impact at the Bernabeu side last term having struggled to get a look-in at the Spanish giants.
Callejon was at Real Madrid from age 15 to 21, working his way through the club’s youth ranks and into their second string sides but was then offloaded to Espanyol where he began to make a name for himself following three successful seasons at the Barcelona based side.
Then in the summer of 2011 Real Madrid paid £3.8m to bring the player back to the club and Callejon didn’t waste the opportunity to impress Mourinho. The Granada born forward, who can play either as a support striker as well as on either wing, made a total of 36 appearances of which only 11 were starts and racked up 13 goals including five whilst on Champions League duty.
However with Mourinho said to be looking to add to his striking options, having only two other recognised senior forwards in Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, Callejon may find next term a struggle.
Rodgers can certainly do with alternative attacking options having a fairly threadbare attack with Luis Suarez perhaps the only effective option to turn to, though veteran Craig Bellamy did make a successful return to the Merseyside club. Andy Carroll showed sign of real improvement as last term wore on and did well at the Euro 2012 finals but other options are needed and Callejon could be a very useful player to make a move for.
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