Inter Milan's attacking midfielder Phillippe Coutinho has emerged as a summer transfer target for Liverpool according to insidefutbol.com.
The highly rated Samba star has fallen down the pecking order at the San Siro, since the arrival of current coach Leonardo, who replaced former Anfield boss Rafael Benitez at the helm of the Serie A club.
At just 18, Coutinho is widely regarded as one of the hottest prospects to come out of South America in recent years.
However, his limited game time in the past few months is a cause of frustration for the young Brazilian, to the point that he may consider his future in the summer.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish is on the lookout for midfield additions and wants to bring an attack-minded playmaker to Anfield to increase his options in the middle of the park.
According to Gazetta dello Sport, Coutinho has been touted by the Reds director of football Damien Comolli, who is a known admirer of the player's abilities.
Comolli in fact tried to sign the former Vasco da Gama star in his previous role with French outfit St Etienne, and he is keen to approach the player again this summer.
Described as a two-footed midfielder who gets 'bums off seats' with his technical dribbling and trickery to beat defenders, Liverpool fans will be excited at the prospect of this potential acquisition.
Having signed for Inter at the age of 16, for a fee of €4million, the Italian club will be looking to make a profit should he decide to leave.
And with the Anfield club’s emphasis once again placed on developing youth policy, Coutinho fits the bill in terms of an up-and-coming talent who can be nurtured with a view to becoming a Liverpool star of the future.