Reds have been tracking Rojo extensively but their pursuit could be in vain.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is no closer to solving his left-back problems at Anfield as he is set to lose out on another top defensive target in highly rated Argentine Marcos Rojo, who is intent on a move to Barcelona instead.
The 24-year old can play as a left-back as well as a centre-back, and Rodgers shifted his focus towards the youngster after negotiations with Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno broke down due to transfer fee issues.
The Sporting Lisbon defender has hinted at his preferred destination though.
“Clearly I did things well in the last year in Europe, and later I will see what will happen with my future,” Rojo was quoted by talkSPORT.
“Obviously I’d like to play for Barcelona, but I still haven’t spoken to Leo [Messi] about anything to do with it.”
Rojo is currently concentrating on doing well at the 2014 World Cup and while Barca’s pedigree could surely appeal to the promising youngster more than Liverpool, the Reds can offer their top target more regular game time to sway him into moving to Anfield instead.
Rojo has 24 caps already for Argentina, and is also being tracked by Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, among others.
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