Liverpool identify Swiss sensation as next Kop hero

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Liverpool are reportedly monitoring Valentin Stocker - with a view to making a January bid for the Swiss youngster.

According to German website 4-4-2, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson - who managed the Switzerland national team - is keen to use his contacts in Swiss football to push through a deal for the 21-year-old FC Basel midfielder.

Valentin has caught the eye of a host of European clubs since bursting onto the scene two years ago, and has since gone on to represent his country - scoring three times in just six appearances thus far.

A fleet-footed attacking midfielder with an eye for goal, Valentin would certainly fit with the ethos of new Liverpool owners NESV in their quest to invest in young talent to develop a squad for the future at Anfield.

Liverpool have been linked with January moves for an array of European prodigies, however, Hodgson has thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting there is a possibility that no new recruits will be moving to Anfield in the New Year.

Hodgson is quoted in the Daily Mail saying: "I don’t know what we will be able to do in January,

"We could even find a situation where, because we know it’s a bad market to buy in, the owners would prefer just to see this season out, and we keep trying to do what we are doing, then really make a big effort in the summer.

"We are quite clearly short of the players we need to give us adequate cover in attack.

"That is an area that really needs addressing, but whether it happens in January or the summer remains to be seen."

It had previously been reported that Hodgson would be backed in the transfer market with around £30 million as NESV look to invest in the Liverpool playing squad prior to FIFA's financial fair play rules being introduced next year.

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