Liverpool in battle for striker

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Liverpool reportedly face competition from Juventus in the race to sign German international Mario Gomez.

The Bayern Munich striker was in great form for the Bundesliga giants during his first full season with the club last term, and Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has taken an interest in the player.

Reports in Italy suggest that the bianconeri have set their sights on the player, according to the Daily Mail, and will challenge Liverpool for the player's signature in January.

Edin Dzeko was thought to be the Serie 'A' club's original target, but the Wolfsburg striker is thought to be heading elsewhere and Luigi Delneri has set his sights on Gomez.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with the German striker in recent weeks, with Hodgson thought to be keen to add a striker in the opening month of 2011.

The former Fulham boss is searching for a foil to Fernando Torres at Anfield, and has been linked with a handful of strikers following the arrival of NESV as new owners at Liverpool.

John W. Henry and his consortium have pledged a transfer war chest in the region of £35 million, and the Liverpool manager is thought to have 'five or six' players on his winter wishlist.

Gomez is reportedly one of those players, and the Reds boss will go head-to-head with his Italian counterparts in a bid to sign the 41 cap international forward.

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