Reds will need to act fast though if they still wish to land in-demand attacker.
Liverpool face a battle with Borussia Dortmund to sign highly rated Rubin Kazan front man Salomon Rondon this summer, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The Merseyside giants are said to already be preparing for life at Anfield without coveted forward Luis Suarez, who is currently the subject of a £40 million plus £1 bid from Premier League rivals Arsenal.
As a result, Reds head coach Brendan Rodgers has been busy putting together a short list of potential strikers who could replace the Uruguay international next season, and Rondon’s name is understood to be top of the Northern Irishman’s targets.
The Venezuela international has been with the Russian outfit for just the past campaign now, having originally arrived at the club from mega-rich Liga side Malaga for 10m euros in August 2012.
And in his debut season with Rubin, the 23-year-old managed to find the back of the net on 13 occasions in his 37 matches overall in all competitions, including seven strikes in 25 league outings for the club.
However, Rodgers now faces going head to head with the Uefa Champions League runners-up Dortmund in the race to land Rondon during the summer transfer window, with the Bundesliga side having reportedly already made contact with Rubin to inquire about the forward’s asking price.