Liverpool face fight for La Liga hitman

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Liverpool will have to battle with Juventus if they wish to sign Karim Benzema from Real Madrid.

The French international has flopped since joining the Spanish giants for 35 million euros from Lyon in the summer of 2009.

If reports are to be believed, Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to let the 22-year-old leave the Bernabeu for a cut-price 15 million euros amid fears that he is not a capable back-up to his current first choice strike-force.

Liverpool have since been installed as one of the favourites to sign the striker, with a bid allegedly being prepared for January.

Roy Hodgson was frustrated in his pursuit of a new frontman during the summer transfer window; missing out on a whole host of strikers, including Carlton Cole and Bobby Zamora.

The Liverpool boss is understood to still be keen to recruit another forward in order to take the goalscoring burden away from Anfield hero Fernando Torres.

However, Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the Merseysiders will face stiff competition from Juventus in their attempts to sign Benzema.

Juve sporting director Beppe Marotta is allegedly attempting to broker a deal for the New Year to help Benzema end his Madrid nightmare.

Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Bayern Munich hitman Mario Gomez when the transfer window reopens.

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