Brendan Rodgers reportedly believes he can lure the 23-year-old, who is currently on loan at Ajax, for a fee of just £5 million during the summer transfer window. Maddock writes:
Liverpool are lining up an audacious bid to land Barcelona's Bojan Krkic in a cut price transfer.
Scouts have watched him play on loan at Ajax several times in recent weeks, with an Anfield representative running the rule during the Dutch club's surprise Europa League defeat by Salzburg last Thursday.
Maddock quotes Krkic, who appeared to leave the door open to a summer move: "We'll see about my future, there are still two months of the season to go before any decisions have to be made.”
This isn’t the first time Liverpool's interest in Krkic’s services has reached the radar of the British media. In the summer of 2013, the Reds and Newcastle were said to be considering a transfer, per Nick Rostron-Pike of TalkSport.
Now, more so than ever, the deal to bring Krkic to Anfield makes sense for all parties.
Never has the Spain international been available for a figure as low as £5 million. Never has Liverpool’s style of football been so suited to that of Krkic.
And most crucially of all, never has the player been so in need of a manager and fanbase who can make him feel at home, just as Rodgers and the Kop have done for Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.
Krkic emerged through the Barcelona ranks appearing to be the right-footed Lionel Messi. Footage of some of his early performances justified the hype:
Yet Messi has the insatiable desire to improve day by day, and he seems immune to the pressure that comes with playing for a big club.
Krkic is a different character and needs an arm around his shoulder, just as Coutinho did when he came to Merseyside. The parallels between the pair are not dissimilar.
Coutinho was a clearly talented kid whose career was stalling, loaned out by Inter to Espanyol. Krkic, meanwhile, has worn the shirt of Roma, AC Milan and now Ajax, failing to hit double figures for league goals at all three, per Soccerbase.
Like Coutinho, Krkic’s style fits the Rodgers mould at Liverpool. His diminutive stature dictates that he must rely on technique and a low centre of gravity to unsettle defenders, and his upbringing at Barcelona ensures that he plays a passing brand of football.
Rodgers is desperate to find an attacker who can play across the entire front line. He likes Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling to be fluid, each capable of changing their role, and he is looking for another of their ilk to boost his options.
Yevhen Konoplyanka, the man Liverpool so nearly signed in January, fits the criteria. Most comfortable on the left flank, he also likes to operate more centrally. However, Rodgers appeared reserved on the Ukrainian during a recent press conference, per ESPN:
"We've got lots of people we're looking at. We'll assess where we are at the end of the season," Rodgers said.
Krkic largely operated on the right flank during his Barcelona days, but he also acted as the central striker and can drift left. If Liverpool were to encourage the same response from him, they have nurtured from Coutinho, £5 million would be a steal.