Liverpool Plan Surprise January Bid for ‘Perfect’ Ligue 1 Attacker

Anfield side keen on former Leeds United winger.

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Liverpool could make a surprise January swoop for former Leeds United star Max Gradel.

Gradel, who now plays for Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne, came through the ranks at Leicester City but established himself at Leeds, whom he signed for following a successful loan spell.

The Ivory Coast international’s displays at Elland Road lead to him being named the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year for 2011, and he earned himself a move to his current club in August of that year.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is desperate to strengthen his attacking options and the 24-year-old, who can play as a winger and as a striker, fits the bill perfectly.


Indeed Max Gradel may well be right up Liverpool’s street. An adaptable attacker who has been a big success since his move to Ligue 1 the former Leeds United man may well be interested in a move back to England having spent five years in the country with Leicester City and then the Elland Road side where he flourished.

Brendan Rodgers will surely be looking to bring in attacking alternatives as he has threadbare options up front and is relying heavily on youngsters like Suso and Raheem Sterling on the flanks. The Anfield man has also opted to use Jose Enrique in a winger role rather than using Stewart Downing in his natural position.

Gradel helped Saint-Etienne to a seventh place finish in his first season at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard side and to a good start to the current campaign, where they currently sit in fourth spot just three points from the top of the table.

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