Liverpool line-up January move for Russian striker

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Liverpool are being linked with a January move for Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.

The Stuttgart hitman is the latest attacking player to appear on the Anfield radar, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson keen to strengthen his attacking options in the January window.

A lack of firepower has proved to be a key issue on Merseyside after the Reds made a slow start to the season, with injuries to Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt exposing a threadbare front-line for the former Fulham boss.

Pogrebnyak was first linked with a Liverpool move in 2009, when then boss Rafa Benitez reportedly expressed an interest in signing the then Zenit St. Petersburg forward.

Instead, the Russian moved to Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, scoring eight times in 39 appearances for Die Roten.

A striker with aerial ability to match solid technique, Pogrebnyak could be the perfect foil for Torres as the Reds look to continue their climb up the Premier League table.

Liverpool have been linked with Mario Gomez, Carlton Cole and Ashley Young in the last week, with Hodgson promised £30 million from new owners NESV to spend in 2011.

An attacker appears to be the priority, and Liverpool could spend in the region of £12 million on the former Spartak Moscow man.

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