Stamford Bridge youngster on Anfield radar.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look to use his close personal relationship to aid his pursuit of highly rated Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford.
The Northern Irish manager was already known to be an admirer of the 21 year old though his recent cameo run-out with Middlesbrough during mid-week is said to have increased his interest in the Blues starlet.
Bamford is considered one of the hottest prospects in English football though his chances of ‘making the grade’ at Stamford Bridge may prove tricky given the summer acquisitions of Diego Costa and Loic Remy and Rodgers will look to land the forward next summer.
Liverpool are open to drafting in the youngster on an initial loan deal though would prefer to sign the player on an outright basis and Rodgers’ willingness to trust to youth could lead Bamford to feel a move to Anfield may be one worth considering as a more viable path to suit his long term career progression.
Chelsea signed Bamford from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 and is still to play a senior fixture for the west London club, having spent time out on loan at MK Dons, Derby County and now at Middlesbrough.
Bamford has netted 31 goals in 71 appearances during those temporary moves and made his England Under 21 international debut last November.
Rodgers brought in a number of young talents over the summer with the likes of Emre Can, Lazar Markovic and Divock Origi brought in very much with the club’s long term plans in mind and a move for Bamford would be a view to a similar goal.