With the wide positions a visible objective for the Merseysiders in the summer, speculation is mounting around Dusan Tadic’s proposed move to Liverpool.
The Premier League giants have been linked with moves for numerous wingers in recent months, despite signing Stewart Downing just last summer, and are now said to have increased their efforts in monitoring Tadic.
The Serbian earned rave reviews in the 2010-11 season after finishing as one of Europe’s leading assistants for the year, having a direct hand in setting up 22 goals for that campaign.
Tadic hasn’t been quite as impressive in the current season, making just nine assists in his 23 appearances for Groningen.
The 23 year-old continues to draw interest from some of Europe’s elite however and will reportedly be near the top of Kenny Dalglish’s shopping list at the end of this season.
Downing has so far failed to live up to his £20m price-tag in the eyes of many critics but has still managed to make the cut for Stuart Pearce’s experimental England squad, named at the end of last week.
Squad positions are expected to become free at Anfield before the beginning of next season too with midfielders Joe Cole, Dirk Kuyt and Max Rodriguez all being tipped to leave the club this summer.
The above departures would leave a considerable amount of finances and space available to Liverpool who, given spending patterns in recent years, could very well make some big moves before next season.
Tadic was bought by Groningen for just £1m in 2010 but would be expected to cost around £8m if he were to complete a switch to the English top flight.
Despite his success in the Eredivisie, Tadic could be open to a move to the Premier League although Bayern Munich are also known to hold interest in the maestro.