Atletico Madrid ace Arda Turan has admitted that he has a 'soft spot' for Liverpool amidst reports that the Reds could make a move for him this summer.
The Turkish international has been in fine form this season for Atletico, helping them to the top of La Liga and into the quarter finals of the Champions League, where they face Barcelona this evening.
The 27-year-old has three goals and four assists in La Liga this season - but will miss the game at the Vicente Calderon this evening with a groin injury.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for Turan over the past few months.
In particular Liverpool appeared keen on him in the January transfer window - although a bid failed to materialise.
However they have been given all the encouragement they need by the player himself to move again in the summer after he admitted in an interview with Four Four Two that he was a fan of the club.
When asked if he was a Liverpool fan, Turan replied: I've always played for teams in red [Galatasaray, Manisaspor, Turkey] and I've always admired Steven Gerrard.
"So yes, I have a soft spot for Liverpool, especially given their history and the atmosphere at Anfield."
Previously his agent had suggested Arsenal as a potential destination when he eventually decides to leave Spain.
"He is interested in working under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and Arda would like to play in England," Ahmed Bulut is quoted as saying last month.
"But Arda will not leave Atletico yet. They are part of the title race and he is a key player.
"Arda plays for a big club and he will be part of Atletico's success."