Brendan Rodgers is looking at another promising youngster struggling at Inter Milan, a player previously linked with Spurs and Manchester United
Brendan Rodgers has created something of a reputation for himself for getting the most out of the younger players he comes into contact with.
Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan have excelled for the Reds this season despite their tender age, while perhaps even more impressive is his rescuing of both Philipe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge from difficult spells as promising, yet rarely playing individuals.
Coutinho arrived from Inter Milan last January as a prodigiously talented Brazilian who had failed to claim a regular place at the San Siro.
And Rodgers is looking to return to Inter once more for a player that ironically took Coutinho's role as promising playmaker once the Brazilian departed.
Mateo Kovacic came to Inter from Dinamo Zagreb for €13 million and labelled the next Luka Modric. Both Spurs, who had recently sold Modric, and Man United had been keeping tabs on the youngster before his move to Italy.
Since that transfer, Kovacic has managed to feature regularly, but has struggled to justify his 'new Modric' tag, with no goals at all and just three assists in nearly 50 games. However, the vast majority of his appearances have come from the bench, and in order to push on and develop he may feel that his development will be better spent at a Champions League club, with Inter outside the qualifying positions in Serie A.
Brendan Rodgers seems to be looking to supplement his central midfield positions as he prepares for life in Europe's Premier club competition next season, and given Steven Gerrard's age, is keen to inject a little youth into that department. The young Croat, still just 19, has 8 caps for his country and is likely to travel to the World Cup this summer.
The Metro reports that Kovacic has recently fallen out with Walter Mazzari, the Inter manager, and may be available for as little as £8 million.
His agent has even spoken about the players discontent, saying: ‘Everybody is confused as to why Mateo is not playing.
‘Is there a row with Mazzarri I can’t say a lot, but he is not happy.’