Liverpool are looking into exploiting the current breakdown in contract negotiations between Manchester City and James Milner as they continue their search for a replacement for Steven Gerrard.
The Reds are thought to be particularly drawn to the Englishman because they will be able to sign him on a free transfer.
Brendan Rodgers came under sharp criticism for investing the Luis Suarez money so freely and racked up a transfer bill of £135 million last summer.
Fighting a losing battle
According to the Times, Milner has told his team-mates at the Etihad that he does not believe there is much chance of him staying at the club past his contract expiry date after he was told by City chiefs that he would receive no improved offer.
Despite Milner having broken into Manchester City’s first team on a more regular basis, the board is still taking a take-it-or-leave-it approach to contract negotiations.
The main drawback for the Citizens should he leave though, would be an increased struggle to meet the Premier League and UEFA’s home-grown player quota – with Scott Sinclair thought to be on the move in this window.
Because of the state of Milner’s contract, the England international has been able to sign pre-contract agreements with overseas clubs since January 1 through the Bosman ruling – and both Inter Milan and Roma have flagged up interest.
Arsenal also made enquiries for the 29-year-old in the summer but since the signings of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the past two seasons the North London club has become somewhat top-heavy with midfield players.
Perfect fit for Liverpool
With Liverpool now forced to make preparations for the exit of club legend Steven Gerrard they have become firm favourites to relieve Milner of his losing battle to convince Manchester City to put faith in his ability.
The Merseyside club would be able to offer the former Leeds United and Aston Villa man a key role in their midfield unit.
And Brendan Rodgers would love to be able to rely on his unrelenting work rate as he looks to re-ignite the high tempo playing style that saw the Reds come close to winning their first Premier League title last season.