Five facts about £17m Liverpool target Luis Muriel

Liverpool have been linked with a huge £17m bid for Udinese striker Luis Muriel, but who is he?

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the season his side are having, as the Reds' 3-0 win over Manchester United last weekend took them to within four points of leaders Chelsea, with one game in hand on Jose Mourinho's Blues as well.

The key to Liverpool's success this season has been the sensational partnership between Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. The dynamic duo, known as 'SAS', have combined for an incredible 43 goals this season, and their goalscoring prowess is what has taken Liverpool to within touching distance of the Premier League title.

But whilst those two have been sensational, there is a worrying lack of depth behind them. Summer signing Iago Aspas has failed to hit the ground running in England since arriving from Celta Vigo, and Fabio Borini has spent the season on loan at Sunderland.

With that in mind, it seems Rodgers has considered a £17m bid for Udinese's Colombian hitman Muriel, but who is he?

  • Muriel burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old striker with Deportivo Cali back in 2009, and his nine goals in 11 games caught the eye of many European clubs.
  • It was Udinese who swooped for the Colombian, but loaned him out to Granada and Lecce, where Muriel had a combined record of seven goals in 35 games.
  • After finishing up at Lecce, Muriel broke into the Udinese first team, and his 15 goals in 39 games is a hugely impressive record for the 22-year-old.
  • Just over a year ago, Muriel bagged his first goal for the Colombia first team, but has failed to add to that tally yet, and will have the opportunity to improve on it at the World Cup this summer.
  • His pace and skill on the ball have seen comparisons towards Ronaldo, which may seem lofty, but there are noticeable similarities between the two - especially with some suggestion that Muriel carries too much weight at times.

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