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The £15 million Benfica winger Liverpool could sign on loan this summer

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Liverpool could sign Spanish winger Nolito for cut-price or even get him in on loan, after his future at Benfica was thrown into doubt.

Wide areas are a position where Liverpool have traditionally struggled in recent years to excel, above average standard, summed up by two words; Jermaine Pennant.

Suddenly though the Reds have plenty of options, in Raheem Sterling, Coutinho, Suso, and even a moderately rejuvenated Stewart Downing.

Oussama Assaidi remains an option too, and they are still expected to add to their options after manager Brendan Rodgers' pledge to attack and introduce players who can contribute goals to the team.

So the state of play regarding one man's future who it was last year claimed they were monitoring, may just have caught their attention - if links were to be believed originally of course.

Enter Nolito, a former Barcelona starlet who walked out on the club in 2011 after being offered a new contract, to try his luck at Benfica, with instant success.

The Mail claimed last summer the winger was a target for Liverpool, at £15 million, and the Express in November.

Nolito is a left-winger who is not afraid to drift inside and join the attack, scoring 15 goals in all competitions for Benfica in 2011/12, a year after netting 13 times for Barcelona B.

This past season did not go to plan for him, where despite scoring in their second game of the season he found himself benched regularly for Nicolas Gaitan, and ended up being loaned out to Spanish side Granada in January, netting three goals - including this stunning free-kick:

Now Portuguese newspaper O Jogo has claimed that Nolito, 26, is to be frozen out next season at Benfica by coach Jorge Jesus, actively looking to move him on after deciding he does not have a future at the club.

The paper report that Benfica are seeking to sell him, at a cut-price compared to the £15 million he was last year touted at, are are even open to sending him on loan again.

Liverpool look set to big huge money for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and are also likely to spend big on defenders and possibly even a new goalkeeper.

With that in mind, strengthening their wide areas even further by bringing Nolito in at a small price or ideally on loan, may just be a perfect piece of summer business. 

Check him out in action below...

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