Liverpool prepare move for 'next Pirlo'

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing a move for a player dubbed the 'next Pirlo', Deni Hocko, according to the Daily Star.

The Reds are in a battle with Premier League new-boys Crystal Palace for the youngsters signature and sources in Italy have claimed that both sides have contacted Buducnost Podgorica over his availability. 

Hocko has represented the Montenegrin national side at Under-17, U19 and U21 levels and has impressed going up the ranks. 

Rodgers is also reportedly interested in Richairo Zivkovic, a Serbian youngster, who is currently FC Groningen's youngest ever goalscorer. 

FC Groningen director Hans Nijland has revealed Liverpool's interest in their star, saying: "All the top clubs in Holland want him but Liverpool are here every week too.

"They are watching him closely and are very keen."

Liverpool are currently preparing to take on Manchester United at Anfield in a crunch game this Sunday. 

Rodgers' side have started the Premier League season well, with two victories out of two and are yet to concede a league goal. 

However, they face their biggest challenge yet as they welcome David Moyes' side to Merseyside.

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