Tottenham tormentor a target of left-wing-hunting Liverpool

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Tottenham’s participation in the Europa League this season is making scouting left wingers mighty easy for Liverpool.

In the last round of the European B competition, Spurs faced Yevhen Konoplyanka at Dnipro, who was a known Reds target during the January transfer window only for the move to fall flat at the 11th hour.

The failure to land the Ukrainian has sent Brendan Rodgers’ scouts into overdrive to find a replacement touchline hugger and current Spurs Europa League opponents, Benfica, are providing the latest fuel to the ever-churning rumour mill.

Having scored the opening goal at White Hart Lane in a dominant Eagles performance, former Bolton loanee Rodrigo is thought to soon be the subject of a hefty bid from Liverpool.

The Reds’ season is no longer one with just top-four ambitions, as their 1/100 odds suggest. Instead, after their resounding win at Old Trafford, the campaign is taking full title-challenging shape and at 10/3, they stand a real chance.

However, Rodgers knows that with only Raheem Sterling as a genuine winger at his disposal, then recruits in that department are a necessity for when they return to the Champions League.

Enter Rodrigo, who started his career at Real Madrid before moving to the Portuguese Stadium of Light in 2010.

Spending a season-long loan with the Trotters in the 2010/11 season, the Brazilian-native scored just once in his 17 appearances.

Since then the 23-year-old has come on leaps and bounds and is enjoying one of the most fruitful seasons of his career, with 12 strikes in 27 appearances.

With a contract that’s thought to run until 2019 under his belt, it’ll take a weighty offer from the Reds to prise the player away from the Portuguese league leaders, with an offer of at least £25m thought to be needed in order to land his services.

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