The Spaniard is seen as ideal man to lead Reds’ line.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is eyeing up a January bid for Spain and Atletico Bilbao ace Fernando Llorente after failing to sign a new striker to replace West Ham loanee Andy Carroll.
Llorente has an alleged buy-out clause in his contract of around £30m, but, having failed to secure a desired move over the summer, the striker’s unhappiness at his situation may well pressurise his club into lowering their demands for him come January, at which point Liverpool could make their move.
Liverpool owner John W. Henry was unwilling to sanction the acquisition of a new striker over the summer, with the American still having trust issues after backing former boss Kenny Dalgleish in the transfer market only for the Scot to spend a combined £73m on Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing – all of who have failed to live up to their inflated price-tags.
This has meant Liverpool have entered the new season very light in the forward department and should the club continue to struggle in the League as they have so far done this season, Henry would be willing to consider one more big acqusition, providing it was a player of genuine quality.
Brendan Rodgers believes Llorente to be such a player and he will spend the months up to January slowly piling on the pressure to the Liverpool owners to back his judgement.
Llorente has made 286 appearances for Bilbao, scoring 81 goals.
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