Liverpool boss in Hamburg v Leverkusen scouting mission - Who was he watching?

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We take a look at who might have caught the eye of Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers last night.

With Liverpool not in action until Sunday - a game against West Ham United which could see them press forward in their quest to win a maiden Premier League title - Brendan Rodgers had the evening off on Friday.

And he was reportedly taking the opportunity to go do a little bit of scouting.

The Mirror report Rodgers made his way over to the continent last night in order to check out a game between Hamburg SV and Bayer Leverkusen at the Imtech Arena.

The assumption of the paper was that the player he was watching was Julian Brandt.

Brandt only joined Sami Hyppia’s side in January from the youth system at VfL Wolfsburg - but before he made that move a barrage of offers were said to be coming in from abroad for his services.

He scored last night in an impressive performance from the right hand side.

However, the 17-year-old has only been at the club for six months and any exit remains unlikely - so who else might Rodgers have been watching or indeed been impressed by?

Well Liverpool were previously linked with Hakan Calhanoglu. Dubbed the ‘next Mesut Ozil’ by German media the attacker scored in the 2-1 Hamburg win.

He recently signed a contract extension with the club and should they stave off relegation he is unlikely to leave.

Bayer striker Stefan Kiessling is another alternative option.

The striker could provide vital, and different, cover for Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge next season.

The most impressive player on show was Hamburg defender Heiko Westermann. The defender scored and was superb in defence. If Rodgers truly was at the game the performance of this swashbuckling defender would have been the most eye-catching of the evening.

A few names to pick from then for Rodgers after his little scouting mission - now he must focus his attention on toppling West Ham United tomorrow.

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