Liverpool switch sights to Yarmolenko as Llori talks resume

Reports this morning claim that Liverpool have put their failed swoop for Willian behind them with Dinamo Kiev star Andriy Yarmolenko emerging as their latest target.

Liverpool are keen to add a marquee player to their ranks and so far have been thwarted in their attempts with moves for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Diego Costa and the aforementioned Willian all failing to materialise.

The latest player to be linked with a move to Anfield is a player dubbed the new “Shevchenko”, 23 year old Yarmolenko.

A powerful and direct attacker, Yarmolenko is a converted striker who loves to cut in off the wing and boasts a powerful shot. The Ukrainian International also has an impressive scoring record with 11 goals in 32 Internationals and 41 goals in 156 club games.

Despite a successful summer in the transfer market that saw the arrivals of first team starters Simon Mignolet, Kolo Toure and Iago Aspas not to mention the emerging Luis Alberto, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to add another creative player to his ranks.

The club have reportedly being scouring Europe looking for talent and their move for Willian, which reportedly faltered due to their reluctance to pay the players agent a reported £5 million, shows that the club have the cash to splash should the right opportunity arise.

Yarmolenko would cost less than the reported £30 million Willian will cost and the link to Liverpool comes after a flurry of bets on the Dinamo Kiev man saw his odds on a move to the Reds jump from 25/1 to 3/1.

Rodgers is also been linked with long-term Liverpool target Arda Turan while a move for Tiago Llori is also believed to be back on the cards.

The young Portuguese defender has been linked with a move to Merseyside for much of the summer but Liverpool and his current club Sporting Lisbon have been unable to agree a fee.

That could be about to change however following the news that Sebastian Coates faces a lengthy spell on the side-lines. The Uruguayan suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear whilst on national duty with his country in the win over Japan and faces 6 months out of the game.

That has prompted Rodgers to reassess his defensive options with a late and improved offer being submitted for the London born Llori.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.