Slovakian star denies Liverpool link

Genoa central midfielder Juraj Kucka has spoken out about links to Liverpool.

Kucka is a left field target for the Anfield club but one they may have to consider if Brendan Rodgers cannot convince his first choice options to join his Anfield revolution.

Kucka was a main component for Genoa last season as they finished just above the relegation places in Serie A and the midfielder, full of ambition, looks to be set on a move to better prospects.

"I’m going to Liverpool? That is good news, I read it on the internet" - he joked.

“I have not called my compatriot Martin Skrtel and have no plans to do so. I prefer to keep my feet on the ground - I can imagine what it would mean to wear the Liverpool shirt,” he told Dennik Sport.

Even if he does chat with Skrtel over a move to Anfield, the current Liverpool centre back may not be eager to cast a lot of positive light onto the current manager.

Skrtel was dropped from the Liverpool defence earlier in the season, which caused him to make some very negative and public comments about the current boss.

In short, Skrtel could quickly put off Kucka from joining Liverpool if he still held resentment towards Rodgers or the football club in general.

Kucka could be a very good squad player for Liverpool because his numbers this season haven’t been at all bad.

He made 32 starts for Genoa and was subbed off on just three occasions which shows he rarely goes into a match, has a bad game or limited impact and needs to be dragged off the field.

He also seems to be a versatile player, which is very important for Rodgers because he’s not going to have a massive squad to play with next year.

If Kucka could adapt into more of a defensive role then that would free Lucas and Steven Gerrard to go and play further up the pitch but Kucka’s three goals and three assists from last season also shows he can be effective as a creative player.

He has two-years left to run on his current deal, but the fee shouldn’t be a problem considering where he’s coming from; a Serie A team which has just avoided relegation to Serie B.

He’s also indicated that he could be very keen on a move to Anfield and football has always shown that it’s very difficult for a club to keep a player, when he has shown every sign that he wants to leave and move on.

Would Kucka be a good capture for the club? Do they need to set their sights higher?

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