Kenny Dalglish has revisited plans for a move for the Manchester City winger Adam Johnson as Liverpool’s attacking problems continue to frustrate.
Liverpool would only sanction a loan deal if they had the option to buy in the summer, as they continue to chase a player who they have long coveted.
As well as searching for a striker, the Scot is keen to boost the creativity in his squad – something he was critical of after the weekend’s goalless draw at home to Stoke City.
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for England winger Johnson, who played against the Reds in last week’s Carling Cup semi-final but has started just six of City’s 21 Premier League games this season.
Boss Roberto Mancini has been repeatedly unhappy with his winger who he feels can do more to help the team, with Johnson’s frustrations often apparent when the Italian has overlooked him for matches or substituted him early.
As well as being able to provide service for Andy Carroll, Dalglish and director of football Damien Comolli see Johnson’s dribbling skills as a key asset as they continually seek to rebuild a squad which includes the ageing Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez, as well as short-term fix Craig Bellamy.
Johnson – who has nine caps for England and has scored two goals – is keen to get some playing time ahead of the Euro 2012 finals in the summer, and could ask Mancini for a loan move come the end of January. With City out of both the FA Cup and Champions League, his chances of first-team football may be even more restricted.