Liverpool to swoop for Real Madrid outcast Asier Illarramendi

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Liverpool faces a crucial transfer market. This will be the first campaign without Steven Gerrard, the soul of the club on and off the pitch, for the first time in 17 seasons. Rodgers will desperately on the lookout for the right sort of players in a bid to reconstruct his Liverpool team.

Rodgers seems to have chosen the man who can fill the void left by the departed Steven Gerrard.

According to several newspapers in Spain and the Basque Country - Marca among them - Liverpool has made a bid of €22 million for Asier Illarramendi, the Real Madrid midfielder who has previously starred for Real Sociedad and the Spanish Under-21 side.

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Illarramendi is said to be unhappy with his role at the Bernabeu with the player barely featuring in the Real Madrid starting XI, making 30 appearances in La Liga but only starting measly 10 games. The Spaniard never featured regularly under recently departed boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Despite his last two seasons, in which he has been unable to show the astonishing skills he demonstrated at Real Sociedad, Illarramendi could be the bargain of the summer.

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It is difficult to guess Rodgers's gameplan for next season in detail, but if we look back at his time at Swansea and Anfield, we can be 100% sure that he will seek possession and an attractive, attacking gameplan. Asier Illarramendi would fit like a hand in a glove.

Brendan Rodgers faces an important and hectic transfer window ahead of him. Having already brought in Danny Ings, Adam Bodgan, James Milner and Joe Gomez, it appears that Rodgers is already setting his sights on making another acquisition.

Would Illarramendi be a good signing for Liverpool as they look to rebuild after Steven Gerrard?

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