Liverpool hope to steal march on Fergie in chase for £16.5 million 'new Messi'

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Liverpool will need to move fast if they are to follow up on their interest in German starlet Marko Marin with Manchester United ready to step up their bid, according to reports.

The German wonderkid has been touted as the new Lionel Messi by many and has already been capped by his national side 15 times, including one at the 2010 World Cup.

Liverpool are currently finalising their transfer targets for the January window and have identified Marin as their one ‘world class player’.

And that would fit in with Liverpool’s new owners’ ideals about bringing young players to Anfield, rather than their last policy of bringing big money players regardless of age.

Roy Hodgson’s biggest threat for his signature will be Manchester United, but they will not make their move for the 21-year-old until the summer. As Sir Alex Ferguson has already insisted he will not be bringing any new players into the club in January.

Hodgson has seen his new look Liverpool side struggle for form this season, after slipping out of the top four last term but Fernando Torres looks like he will rediscover his form of old.

And Liverpool know that they will need to improve their service to Torres if they are to continue their ascent of the Barclays Premier League table.

Therefore, they have made wingers, especially on the left hand side, their number one priority and have already made tentative approaches for Lille’s Eden Hazard.

However, the Belgian has admitted he does not want to join Anfield in January because he wants to stay with the French league leaders and that may force Liverpool to look elsewhere.

However, Werder are likely to reject the offer from the Anfield club as they are reluctant to sell him – especially before the end of the season, although Marin has indicated he would be willing to move should the opportunity arise.

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