Yet another trip to France for Liverpool boss

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson flew to France for the second successive weekend, this time to scout Lille winger Gervinho, according to reports.

According to L’Equipe, Hodgson was accompanied by the club’s respected French scout Laurent Viaud and the pair went away impressed by both Gervinho and Eden Hazard as they Ligue 1 leaders beat Monaco 2-1.

Gervinho was supposedly the reason the Liverpool boss traveled to France, the week after he went to watch Yann M’Vila, but Belgian teenager Hazard stole the show and had a hand in both Lille’s goals.

At the end of the game, Hodgson was asked whether Gervinho was the focus of his attention and the Anfield gaffer replied the Ivorian was not the only good player on the field – raising speculation he will also recommend Hazard to Liverpool’s new owners.

Liverpool have been concentrating on young talent from France recently after the appointment of Damian Comolli as director of football strategy at Anfield.

The former Tottenham director of football has great connections in France and has outlined a number of talented players playing in his homeland.

The Liverpool supremos have already been back to Comolli’s former club Saint Etienne to check on M’Vila and Dimitri Payet, as well as Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena.

Lille manager Rudi Garcia, meanwhile, was gushing in his praise for his team’s performance, saying: “I loved how we got the win and I loved the way we played.

It’s thanks to this style that we got the three points. With a bit of luck we could have killed the game off, but still we managed to stitch up the result.

“There are only two points separating seven or eight teams and things can change quickly. But we’re making the most of it.

“The most important thing is to stay on a roll. This third win in a row is a fitting reward for the lads. All we know is that we’re positioning ourselves well to reach our objective of a top-five finish.”

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