Liverpool have been linked with Mexican international right-back Hiram Mier this week. Reports in Italy, where he is also being courted by Juventus, suggest Liverpool might be ready to make a move for the player.
We look at five facts about the player … including why Liverpool signing him actually seems very unlikely…
1) Mier made his debut for Monterrey in August 2010 and has not looked back since - becoming a regular in the side who have won the CONCACAF Champions League three years in a row.
2) Mier first came to UK attention during the London 2012 Olympics. Mier played in every minute of Mexico’s Olympic gold medal win - including a star performance against Brazil’s Neymar in the final.
3) It is not the first time that Mier has been linked with a move to the Premier League. In January of last year he was being linked with a move to Newcastle United. They were reportedly looking into an $8 million bid for the player. Udinese of Italy and Real Madrid of Spain have also been linked with an interest in the player.
4) Mier is also a fully-fledged Mexico international. He has eight caps for his nation - including three games in the Confederations Cup in the summer and being part of the team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2011.
5) However the apparent interest certainly comes at a strange time. Mier suffered a knee injury in November - and is still expected to be out for another two months with a similar injury to that suffered by Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.
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