Liverpool's pursuit of Frenchman could land them top four spot

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Liverpool have been linked with a move for French international playmaker Mathieu Valbuena, as Brendan Rodgers looks for more attacking options.

Rodgers has been reportedly looking at a number of wingers over the last few months, but it seemed a deal for FC Basel's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah was on the verge of completion, only for the player's agent to admit that other clubs are interested in the 21 year old and he may choose not to move to Anfield.

Meanwhile, current Liverpool winger Victor Moses has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside this season, having moved to the club on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. With his progress stalling, the Reds may seek to terminate the loan deal and allow the former Wigan man to move to another club in search of first team football.

With the Salah deal stalling and Moses disappointing, Rodgers has had to look for other solutions to Liverpool's issue on the wing, though Raheem Sterling has turned in some impressive displays of late.

His search for a winger has now brought him to Marseille, where The Mirror link Mathieu Valbuena who has been starring at the club since 2006.

The diminutive playmaker has earned a reputation for being an exciting player on the ball over the years, and is now a crucial part of Didier Deschamps' French squad. Valbuena will be no stranger to Liverpool fans, as he famously scored a stunning long range strike at Anfield in the Champions League in 2007. Since then, Valbuena has become more and more important to the Ligue 1 outfit, racking up 30 assists in the last two seasons.

At just 5ft 6in tall, many will question Valbuena's ability to handle the “rough and tumble” of the Premier League, but he's very much in the mould of Philippe Coutinho, who has starred under Rodgers. With two tricky customers on the flanks, teams will have trouble defending the wide threats of Valbuena and Coutinho along with the dynamic duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

There have been no suggestions as to how much Valbuena would cost to bring to Merseyside, but agent Christophe Hutteau suggested that the 29 year old was ready to leave the club last summer – and it's believed the situation hasn't changed. "Valbuena will leave Marseille, not because he wants to, but because they don't want to keep him.”

Whilst his age may be of a concern to some, the opportunity to get a dynamic, creative force on both flanks of the team to support Suarez and Sturridge would be too good to pass up for Rodgers, who could see Valbuena's addition lead to a top four place.

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