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Jurgen Klopp plans £18m move for former Man United forward Giuseppe Rossi

Published 08/12/2015 | 08:58

Giuseppe Rossi is struggling to win a place in Fiorentina's starting XI Photo: AFP
Giuseppe Rossi is struggling to win a place in Fiorentina's starting XI Photo: AFP

Liverpool are considering taking a chance on injury-prone and former Manchester United forward Giuseppe Rossi.

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According to Italian outlet ItaSportPress, Jurgen Klopp is weighing up an £18m move for the 28-year-old.

It would be somewhat of a risk by Klopp on a player who is struggling for goals this season having missed the entirety of the last campaign with a cruciate ligament injury.

Rossi is struggling to break into the Fiorentina starting XI and has yet to open his Serie A account this season. He has scored twice in the Europa League, though.

When fully fit, the forward does have a decent return to his name, scoring 115 goals in 275 appearances overall.

Rossi left United back in 2007 for £.6.6m to join Villarreal. He only made 14 appearances while at Old Trafford.

Rossi's agent Andrea Pastorello has said his client needs first-team football to regain his confidence and goalscoring flair.

"He's like a dog chasing his tail," he said.

"To be a top player he has to get back to full fitness, but to do that he needs to play consistently.

"It’s a thought, nothing more. It’s absolutely not a problem or a controversy, but there’s no doubt that if he doesn’t play it’ll be difficult for him to get back to being the top player he is."

Liverpool, meanwhile, have joined rivals Chelsea and United in the race to sign Red Star Belgrade teenager Marko Grujic.

The Express reports that Anfield club scouts watched the 19-year-old central midfielder in action in Red Star's 7-2 league win over Cukaricki.

The story adds that they even spoke to the player and his agent after the match.

If Liverpool beat a host of English and European clubs to the teenager, it is likely he will be sent back to his current club to continue his development.

Inter Milan, however, remain favourites to acquire his signature.

Finally, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland has played down speculation linking him with a move to Anfield.

The 22-year-old has been touted as a replacement for Simon Mignolet, and while he has ambitions to play in the Champions League one day, he says his dream can wait.

"It has always been a target of mine [playing in the Champions League]. I do want to play at the top,” Butland told Sky Sports.

"But at the minute, I can't fault where I am. I am in a brilliant squad who are playing extremely well and things are looking bright for the club.

"Right now I can't see any better place for me to be. I am learning every week and I am playing with some great players."

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