Liverpool backed to make shock move for World Cup winning Arsenal hero

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Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva.

The 34-year-old Brazilian - a World Cup winner in 2002 - is currently plying his trade with Greek side Panathinaikos, but is supposedly open to a summer move back to the Premier League.

"Gilberto and his family loved London and can see themselves settling down there after his retirement," a friend of Gilberto's allegedly told The Sun.

"He'd love to go back to the Premier League and Gerard Houllier at Villa may also get involved."

However, despite this reported interest in his signature from Aston Villa, Liverpool are closely monitoring the former Arsenal favourite's situation, says

Gilberto left Arsenal in 2008 after enjoying an incredibly successful spell with the Gunners - winning two FA Cups and starring in the 'Invincibles' season as Arsenal won Premier League title without losing a single game.

His imperious displays at the heart of the Arsenal midfield during his time in the Premier League gathered him many admirers, and it would now appear Liverpool would like to bring the experienced Brazil international back to England.

Gilberto could reportedly be available to Liverpool for around £1.5 million as Roy Hodgson looks to add to his squad in January.

However, a move for Gilberto would seem to go against the ethos of Liverpool owners NESV as they look to bring young talent to Anfield to build a squad for the future.

Liverpool have also been linked with January moves for Bolton striker Johan Elmander and Japanese sensation Keisuke Honda in what is sure to be a busy transfer window at Anfield.

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