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Liverpool monitoring Bolton youngster Josh Vela after FA Cup win

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Liverpool are monitoring the progress of Bolton youngster Josh Vela according to the Daily Mail.

Brendan Rodgers' side squeaked past the Trotters in the fourth round of the FA Cup after a replay and were evidently impressed with what they saw from Vela during the two games.

Performances

The Mail say that Liverpool are keeping an eye on his performances with a view of making a move if he keeps his current standards up for the remainder of the campaign. They add that the 21-year-old was the subject of a £1 million bid from Anfield when he was 17-years-old, which was turned down.

Bolton will be reluctant to let one of their most consistent performers go if a bid is forthcoming, but an offer is likely to be too tempting for the player to turn down. 

Contract

Vela, who has two years to run on his current contract, can play in midfield and at right-back, which is likely to appeal to Rodgers.

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However the Liverpool boss has shown in the past with Derby's Will Hughes that he would prefer to let younger players complete their footballing education at a lower level then step up when they're ready - an attitude that isn't exactly prevalent in English football.

Talent

"I think he is a wonderful young talent who just needs to play football and for me he is probably at the best place he could be," said the Liverpool boss in September.

He added: "This is a very talented young player that either a person or a group of people aren't doing him any favours whatsoever by constantly linking him with coming to Liverpool."

Bolton will hope that still holds true when it comes to Vela, who has looked strong this season having struggled under former boss Dougie Freedman. So far he's made 16 appearances for the Trotters, more than any other campaign in his career. 

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