Liverpool target moves for 'new Ballack' & Bundesliga teammate

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Liverpool are targeting talented Bayer Leverkusen duo Emre Can and Heung-Min Son, reports suggest.

This is according to The Daily Star, who claim that the Reds are keen on the Bundesliga pair - who are each rated at £12 million - and that manager Brendan Rodgers - who is looking at players to potentially strengthen his squad for next season - has personally travelled to watch them in action.

20-year-old Can - dubbed the 'new Michael Ballack' in some sections of the media - only joined Leverkusen from Bavarian giants and reigning champions Bayern Munich last summer but has already appeared to make a significant impact at Bay Arena.

Indeed, the versatile U21 international - who is also eligible to represent Turkey - has made 27 domestic appearances for the club this season, with 22 starts to his name.

Son, meanwhile, also appears to have an exceedingly bright future ahead of him. At just 21, the striker/attacking midfielder has already won 23 caps for his native South Korea.

Like Can, Son moved to Leverkusen last summer and has immediately become one of the club's most influential players with nine goals in 27 Bundesliga displays.

And while you might think it unlikely that either would leave their current employers just yet, Leverkusen - who sacked manager and former Liverpool defensive favourite Sami Hyypia earlier this month - have endured a notably poor season and face a considerable battle just to retain their place in the top four.

Although Liverpool's hopes of winning a first Premier League title in 24 years suffered a blow today with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to an understrength Chelsea side at Anfield, Rodgers' team are guaranteed of a return to the Champions League next season.

Ahead of such a return, you have to imagine that the club will be looking to significantly improve their strength-in-depth and moves for the likes of Can and Son - despite their slight lack of experience - could provide Liverpool with the extra options that they require to compete sufficiently once more alongside Europe's top sides.

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