Liverpool jump to head of queue for 4m-rated United target Djuricic
07:30 GMT, 8 November 2012
Liverpool plan to steal a march on Manchester United in the race for Heerenveen's attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic.
Sir Alex Ferguson has long been an admirer of the 20-year-old Serbian and invited him for a trial in 2009.
But work permit problems scuppered United's hopes of completing the deal, leaving him free to join Dutch side Heerenveen instead.
In the market: Brendan Rodgers (right) wants to boost his squad
But Djuricic could yet end up in the Premier League with Liverpool plotting to launch a January move, according to the Daily Star.
Manager Brendan Rodgers expects 4million will be enough to entice him to England as he looks to bolster his depleted front line.
Meanwhile, Rodgers hopes young striker Adam Morgan will be able to further his development with Europa League experience and eventually provide support for a lightweight front line.
The 18-year-old had made the trip to Russia to face Anzhi Makhachkala as part of a squad lacking a number of first-team regulars.
With Luis Suarez, the club's only fit senior striker, left at home and Fabio Borini still injured there is an obvious vacancy up front for someone.
Chance: Adam Morgan may get a taste of Europa League action
Samed Yesil, also 18, struggled in the lone front-man role in the Reds' Capital One Cup defeat to Swansea last week and Morgan may get his chance to show what he can do in Moscow.
But Rodgers is wary of loading too much pressure on the teenager, who was prolific at youth level.
'Adam has done very well,' the Northern Irishman said.
'He was with us in pre-season and then he has gone back to working with the under-21s and scoring goals and he has had the opportunity to travel out with us.
'But you have to be careful with young players. No-one inherently believes in young players more than myself but you have to give them time.
'You can destroy them if you put them in at the wrong time if they are not able to cope technically, tactically and mentally.'