What would transfer target Josip Illicic bring to Liverpool?

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The Slovenian has been strongly linked with both Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.

Yesterday afternoon saw Palermo take on Bologna in a Serie A match with the connotations of the game far greater in regards to the home team.

The Sicily based club are currently in the midst of a relegation battle that could see them lose their hard earned seven-year stint in the top-flight status.

The game ended 1-1 a result which leaves The Rosanero three points short of safety with a game in hand but of course their troubles this season have attracted suitors looking to persuade some of the clubs star players to leave this summer in order to further their careers.

One such player is Slovenian international Josip Illicic who has been a shining light in an otherwise dim season at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

Again he was on top form this weekend and grabbed the opener after four minutes after neat interchange in the midfield.

Illicic was then not about to stand on ceremony instead deciding to hammer in a curling effort from 25 yards past the despairing Bologna keeper.

It was a fantastic finish and just exactly typified what he can bring to any Premier League side interested in his services. His strength to hold off the man, passing ability to find his team-mate and the technique to hit the ball so accurately from that far out were all highlighted in one moment.

He has the type of characteristics to seamlessly blend into proceedings at any of the chasing pack with interested party Liverpool his obvious destination.

His style of play would suit Brendan Rodgers perfectly and there is little doubt that he is potentially on the shopping list for this summer.

While Illicic himself has made it clear he is unsure of his future this summer in a conversation with Corriere dello Sport that might just whet the appetite of Anfield staff.

However any optimism of his arrival may just have to be tempered:

"I don't know what will occur in June. The career of a footballer is short and moments arrive when you can change your life. Nevertheless, I'd like to remain in Italy."

It doesn’t seem he will be playing in the Premier League after all next season.

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