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Liverpool plotting move for Mauricio Isla

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Liverpool are plotting a move for Chile wing-back Mauricio Isla - two years after they were first linked with the player.

According to talkSPORT, Liverpool are lining up a bid for their long-term transfer target, who currently plays for Juventus in Serie A.

It comes in the wake of Isla's impressive performance in Chile's 2-0 win over Spain at the World Cup on Wednesday evening. Isla was a Liverpool target while he was still a Udinese player back in the summer of 2012.

He eventually joined Juventus, and has won two Serie A titles with the Old Lady, but first-team football has not always been guaranteed in Turin.

He made just ten league starts last season and Juventus could be willing to sell at the right price.

Liverpool's line-up

Glen Johnson has not been at his most reliable for the Reds, and approaching his 30th birthday, Brendan Rodgers may look to bring in younger competition.

The Liverpool defence in general was shaky last season and probably cost the club its first ever Premier League title.

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Isla would be a very attacking full-back, and could even be utilised further up the pitch by Rodgers if necessary.

But what is potentially the most interesting aspect regarding Isla is the fact that he would allow Rodgers much greater defensive tactical flexibility.

As a wing-back for Chile he's played as part of a back five, something that Rodgers experimented with early last season when he played three at the back (Sakho, Skrtel and Toure at that stage) with Aly Cissokho and Glen Johnson at the wing-back positions.

Isla happy to stay at Juventus

Following the Chile and Spain encounter, Isla spoke to the press. As reported by talkSPORT, the 26-year-old confirmed that he's enjoying his football in Italy but admitted his future at the club is up to coach Antonio Conte.

"I'm working hard for Chile and for Juve," said Isla.

"I know that the fans love me, everything will depend on the coach. I'm happy to continue my adventure at Juventus."

Juve broke the 100-point barrier last season as Isla made just 18 total league appearances, providing two assists and no goals. But as he displayed against Spain, he possesses all the attributes to be a key contributor.

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