Reds targeting Bayern youngster on season-long loan.
Liverpool could make an ambitious bid to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos on a season-long loan, CaughtOffside understands.
The Reds have been keen to bring in a creative midfield player for much of the summer, failing in attempts to land the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Christian Eriksen and Willian, as manager Brendan Rodgers looks to add a true playmaker to his squad.
Mkhitaryan ended up leaving Shakhtar Donetsk for Borussia Dortmund, while Christian Eriksen looks increasingly close to sealing a move to Tottenham from Ajax, and Willian was confirmed as a Chelsea player earlier this week.
Only youngster Luis Alberto has been brought in to play in that position, but it is thought that the youngster from Sevilla may not become a regular in the Liverpool starting lineup straight away, and the experience of Kroos would be preferred by Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman is also said to have his eye on £15million Derby County starlet Will Hughes, but may try his luck with the cheaper option of landing Kroos on loan for a year.
Kroos has been a key player for Bayern over the last three years, establishing himself as one of many talented young German midfielders at the moment, but may face increased competition in the starting lineup this season.
New manager Pep Guardiola has brought in Mario Goetze from Borussia Dortmund and Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona as possible rivals for Kroos’ spot, leading the 23-year-old to face the fact that he may not be first choice anymore, despite playing a key role in their tremendous treble success last year.
However, with recent news of Alcantara’s two-month injury layoff, Bayern are unlikely to accept an offer from Liverpool at this time, leaving them to continue their search for reinforcements in midfield.
The former Swansea manager remains unconvinced by current options Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen, who were both big-money signings for the club but who have failed to live up to their potential at Anfield.