Reported Liverpool target Emilio Izaguirre has seen his profile rise quite dramatically this season.
The Honduran joined Celtic for £650,000 from Motagua last summer and has quickly established himself as an integral member of Neil Lennon’s side as they pursue a first SPL title since 2008.
It is no wonder that Liverpool are alleged to be monitoring the defender, who has now been compared to Tottenham whiz Gareth Bale by Parkhead teammate Joe Ledley.
"They are similar," said Ledley - an international teammate of Bale's - when asked about the similarities.
"I have played with both of them and both have qualities.
"Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world at the moment.
"Emilio is quick, good on the ball, has composure and has a good cross in him.
"It's great to have him at the club and hopefully we can keep him."
The Daily Mail reported last week that Liverpool were keeping tabs on the 24-year-old and the Anfield club have been tipped to launch a summer move.
Click Liverpool has since reported that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was at Ibrox two weeks ago to watch Izaguirre in action in the Old Firm derby and Celtic are now said to be willing to consider bids in the region of £8 million for the Honduras international.
The acquisition of a new left-back is expected to be a priority for Liverpool in the summer and Izaguirre is seemingly one of the favourites to make a move to Anfield to fill the problematic position.
Paul Konchesky was brought in at left-back by the previous Liverpool regime last August but was subsequently loaned out to Nottingham Forest after failing to make a lasting impression at Anfield, while Fabio Aurelio appears to be out-of-favour with Dalglish.
The Liverpool manager is instead persisting with Glen Johnson - naturally a right-sided player – on the left and more long-term solution is likely to be brought to Anfield when the transfer window reopens in June.
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