Liverpool are targeting Villarreal hot-shot Luciano Vietto as a potential replacement for Mario Balotelli

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Luciano Vietto is reportedly a transfer target for Liverpool this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool are looking at Villarreal striker Luciano Vietto as a potential replacement for Mario Balotelli.

Despite a recent upturn in form, a return of three goals from 24 appearances has not helped a Reds front line which has struggled for goals this term, and boss Brendan Rodgers appears keen to address the problem this summer.

And, according to the Daily Express, the Anfield outfit have identified Vietto as the man who can help sharpen up the club’s attacking arsenal.

The 21-year-old Argentine, who has 16 goals to his name this season, could be available for as little as £12m.

Should the two clubs be able to strike up a deal for the hot-shot, it would almost certainly bring an end to Balotelli’s brief stay on Merseyside.

The Italian, though, already has potential suitors, with Sampdoria reportedly…

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Steven Gerrard’s return from injury no guarantee he’ll return to an in-form Liverpool side

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Steven Gerrard will leave Liverpool in the summer (Picture: Reuters)

Steven Gerrard has returned to training this week as he regains fitness in the hope of finishing his career at Anfield on a high. But with Liverpool’s recent run of good form, will the Reds’ captain get a game?

Since the news at the start of the year that Gerrard will be leaving Liverpool, supporters have been wondering what life will be like without their talisman of so many years.

Gerrard’s injury has allowed supporters a glimpse of what life will be like without Gerrard and if recent performances are anything to go by, then the future is bright.

Jordan Henderson has been immense since taking over Gerrard’s captain’s arm-band with a string of inspiring performances highlighted by his wonderful and important goal against Manchester City on Sunday.

Joe Allen has stepped into the side due to injuries and is…

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The Unneeded Gamble

Thursday saw fascinating Europa League action take place all round Europe. It also saw Clubs kicked out from the competition. Some of which suffered this ill fate include Trazbonspor who suffered a 1:0 defeat to Napoli in France to make the Aggregate 5:0, Young boys Lost to Everton 7:2 on aggregate, Celtic to Inter 4:3 on aggregate, Tottenham lost to Fiorentina 3:1 on aggregate and Liverpool and Besiktas had to play penalties before Continue reading

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Chelsea ‘set to seal transfer of Valencia defender Carlos Badal’

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badal Chelsea are ready to wrap up a deal for Carlos Badal (Picture: Valencia)

Chelsea are set to sign Valencia defender Carlos Badal in a surprise move, according to reports.

Badal, a Spain Under-16 international, produced a series of star performances in a recent tournament and Blues scouts are keen on a deal.

Chelsea have a rich history of investing in promising youngsters, with the club regularly buying talents from all over Europe.

And the Daily Star says Badal is next, with a deal set to be agreed for him to rock up at Stamford Bridge.

MORE: Chelsea close on £200m signing, he’s ready to sign

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Manchester City And FC Barcelona Match Ratings

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Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6 (Goalkeeper) – Edin Dzeko had an almost easy chance to win however it ended up in the hands of the German. It looked too easy for the team’s second keeper. However he was unable to stop Sergio Aguero’s placement in the top corner.

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Javier Mascherano 6 (Defender) – The Argentine managed to pull off a Good block from a Samir Nasri shot and managed to stop the attacking players from getting through, however he was not able to take the ball off Silva which produced City’s first goal. He was then moved up into midfield after Mathieu was introduced.

Dani Alves 6 (Defender) – The Brazilian fullback managed to rattle the bar with a cross that ended up being a shot. He played much better than the match in the weekend against Malaga where his mistake costed the Catalan…

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Chelsea vs Tottenham Capital One Cup Final Preview

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The Capital One Cup reaches its conclusion this weekend as Chelsea face London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. They will be competing for the first piece of silverware of the season.

Chelsea, who are currently top of the Premier League table, go into the game as favourites despite being without Nemanja Matic. He misses out through suspension after his controversial red card against Burnley.

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To the relief of manager Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs enter the tie with no new injury worries despite having a hectic run of fixtures.

Tottenham also have the Europa league to think about, as they travel to Italy to face Fiorentina for the Second leg. Chelsea have had a full week to prepare, but Tottenham only have three days between the second Leg and final.

This tie Sees a repeat of the 2008 final where Tottenham won 2-1 after extra-time. Chelsea beat Liverpool over the two legs to cement their place in the final, whereas Tottenham overcame…

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Two sides of a Coin

 

The much spoken anticipated match between Barcelona and Manchester City is only but a few hours away and I cannot help by feel the intensity in the players or merry go round in the thoughts in these players heads before they step out on the pitch tonight. This game has all the Ingredients of a cracker, the one for the books infact. Barcelona travelling all the way down to England to steal a win or probably away Continue reading