Recent reports have claimed that Cristian Tello will move to Liverpool on loan this winter in a bid to add more attacking impetus to the Reds' plight for the end-of-season run-in.
The 22-year-old has struggled to find a place in Gerardo Martino's first team this season, making just two La Liga starts this season, per Transfermarkt.co.uk.
In an attempt to give the starlet more playing minutes, Liverpool are reported by Marca (h/t 101GreatGoals) as being interested in a short-term deal for the attacker.
Including quotes from the player, the report reads:
Cristian Tello is very close to leaving [Barcelona] in the January transfer window. And, according to Radio Marca, the Barca player is just one step away from leaving to join Liverpool on loan.
A few months ago Tello reveal his displeasure at the limited game time he was getting under [Tata] Martino. ”If you can not play at the club I may leave,” he said barely a month ago.
CNN's Tancredi Palmeri claims that sources have confirmed the deal is close:
Liverpool getting Tello on loan is very close to happening: Just had a confirmation from internal source from Barcelona— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) December 30, 2013
However, while the level of talent on display at the Camp Nou may be an obstruction to the youngster, Tello wouldn't find the same level of competition on Merseyside and could in fact add another promising component to an already threatening Reds attack.
At Barca, Tello has grown accustomed to training under a set of tactics that could change from game to game, not too unlike the strategy that Brendan Rodgers has employed this season.
Whether it's utilising a three-man defence, three up front or an approach that supports five midfielders, one can see the appeal of why Tello would fit in at Anfield. The prospect of supplying Luis Suarez is just another positive in the equation.
The speedster's most natural position would be to provide added firepower from Rodgers' left wing, although his assets could see him line up as more of a striking figure should the occasion call for it.
Liverpool currently have a healthy rotation of their wide men circulating at present, with Raheem Sterling, Victor Moses, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho each having exchanged playing time on the wings this term.
Would Tello be a hit at Liverpool?
However, Rodgers' approach is one that happens to lend itself well to the wide areas, and there would be room to accommodate Tello even when Daniel Sturridge makes his return from injury.
The Barca prospect isn't exactly renowned for his values when it comes to chasing back, but Rodgers may yet have the ability to improve upon the product handed to him in a more prominent first-team role.
Tello has clearly shown some ability as one of La Masia's finest graduates in recent years, and the young attacker would be a great short-term acquisition for the Reds to exploit at a key junction in his career.
Lined up alongside Suarez, the Spaniard would finally have a chance at proving his plaudits right, moving from potential superstar and closing in on the real thing.