Liverpool edge ahead of Arsenal in Jamaal Lascelles battle

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers looks set to add to his young English contingent of players this summer - after increasing his interest in 20-year-old centre-back Jamaal Lascelles. 

Rodgers has sent scouts to watch the young Nottingham Forest defender twice in the space of two weeks in a bid become the front runners for the starlet's signature in the summer. 

The England under-20 international has been courted by Arsenal as well this season, and was previously involved in a 'tapping up row' with Everton - which resulted in the Premier League club receiving a £45,000 fine

The 6 foot 2 inch defender scored in Forest's 1-1 Championship draw against Blackpool yesterday, and has made 18 appearances for Billy Davies' side so far this season. 

With Liverpool boasting the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Jordon Ibe, Martin Kelly and Jon Flanagan within their ranks they show a real intent of bringing through the next generation of English prospects into a squad surrounded by World talent. 

Lascellas has been valued at around the £5 million mark and would be seen as a long term investment into the club's future.

Liverpool's 5-1 Premier League win over title-rivals Arsenal yesterday provided a statement of intent by Rodgers, with the club now looking to beat the likes of the Gunners in off the field battles as well. 

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