Liverpool will reportedly launch an ambitious bid to sign Lucas Moura from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer having missed out on Alex Teixeira.
The Reds were linked with the latter, then of Shakhtar Donetsk, during the January transfer window, but he's recently opted to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, per BBC Sport. Now, according to Le 10 Sport (h/t Tom Coast of Sport Witness), the Reds will chase another Brazilian star in Moura.
"The French magazine also say that a number of clubs, including Liverpool, have made their interest clear to the player should he decide to call it a day on his time in France," writes Coast.
Here’s a look at why the Brazilian is rated as one of the most exciting wing players in world football:
For the Reds, it would be some coup. As is evident from the clips above, Moura is remarkably talented and incredibly dynamic. The Brazilian can turn the course of a game with his speed and trickery; at just 23 years old, there’s room for improvement in the player, too.
This season he's made his mark at PSG. Since signing for the club in 2012, the former Sao Paolo man has been in and out of the side with so many excellent players for manager Laurent Blanc to choose from at the Parc des Princes. But Moura has started 18 of PSG's 25 league games this season and shown some brilliant form.
The Selecao Brasileira Twitter feed has been very impressed by the recent displays turned in by the winger:
Lucas Moura involved again in PSG's second goal of the night. He is establishing himself as starter ahead of the clash against Chelsea. #UCL— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStats) February 10, 2016
Sadly for Liverpool supporters, all these factors make a move to Anfield pretty unlikely. Moura is a player who has grown in stature in Paris as of late, and while the Premier League has its alluring factors, PSG are a club on the up, winning trophies on a regular basis and playing regular Champions League football.
The Reds, at the moment, don't tick any of those boxes. Manager Jurgen Klopp will surely target a winger in the summer, with Jordon Ibe currently the only natural wide player in the squad. However, it would be a massive surprise to see Moura donning the iconic all-red jersey next term.
Luis Suarez Discusses Liverpool Return
Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has claimed he would only ever join Liverpool if he were to eventually return to the Premier League.
In an interview with Jamie Carragher for the Daily Mail, the former Reds forward is asked by his former team-mate whether he'd consider leaving the Camp Nou. For now, Suarez admitted he has no desire to go anywhere, but if he were to leave Barcelona, there are only a couple of sides he'd consider signing for:
I'd prefer to stay here [Barcelona] for many more years. I know it doesn't always turn out that way. But if I had to return to the Premier League, I would only go to Liverpool. I wouldn't go to another team. It wouldn't be a move for money. I'd also love to play again for Ajax as they allowed me to develop as a player in Europe.
You suspect Barcelona will be happy to have him too, the Uruguayan having cemented his status as one of the top centre-forwards in world football since joining the club. As we can see here, courtesy of WhoScored.com, he's been in brilliant form in La Liga this term:
Luis Suarez: Has scored more goals (20) than any other player in La Liga this season https://t.co/vay2ucM3J1— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) February 7, 2016
At Liverpool, Suarez lit up Anfield with some majestic showings, especially during the 2013-14 season when he almost fired the Reds to the Premier League title. So, it goes without saying, the club's supporters would love to have him back one day.
As Carragher himself noted on Twitter, Suarez did joke that he'd come back when the former defender is the manager at Anfield:
Luis Suarez tells me about Messi & Neymar, winning the CL & coming back to LFC with me as manager! https://t.co/SYZiSseqp3— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 12, 2016
Now 29, it's clear Suarez is a player who will give his best years to Barcelona, and as is evident by the goals scored and the trophies won, he's a talent befitting of such a grand institution. His raw, industrious influence at the point of the attack has made the Blaugrana even better, and at this juncture, the team seems set to sweep all before them again in 2015-16.
If Suarez were to return to Anfield later in his career, it would be a tremendous story and, for the club's supporters, a massive boost. However, it's clear Suarez is content at the Camp Nou and will not be going anywhere for a while yet.