Last summer's €9m Liverpool target available - Should they return?

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Josip Ilicic is believed to be available for sale at Fiorentina. Should Liverpool rekindle their previous interest?

Last summer reports linked Slovenian international Josip Ilicic with a move to Liverpool as his Italian side Palermo struggle in a fight against relegation from Serie A.

The tall and dynamic playmaker was one of the only shining lights for the Sicilian side as they eventually succumbed to a poor campaign - and suffered relegation to Serie B.

At the end of the season he was adamant that he would be leaving the club after the relegation - and Liverpool were heavily linked with his signature - with an asking price of around £8 million you could understand why.

In the end he made good on his vow to remain in Italy and joined the ambitious looking squad at Fiorentina instead.

But things have not gone according to plan for the 26-year-old in Florence.

He arrived at the club with an injury problem which halted his start to life at the Artemio Franchi. He then picked up another injury, an ankle problem that ruled him out for October.

Overall he struggled in Serie A, and despite some impressive performances in the Europa League, it is now being reported that La Viola are ready to flog the playmaker this summer.

Reports suggest the club are ready to flog the player this summer, although his agent Amir Ruznic has hinted he is going nowhere:

"Lazio has never shown any interest in Ilicic, now or in the past. His future? Where else but at Fiorentina?"

But he may not have much of a choice if Fiorentina want to flog him.

So should Liverpool return for the €9 million Slovenian?

He is undoubtedly a talent, but Liverpool are not in need of his services behind the strikers.

Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling have both played in the attacking central role throughout 2013-14 with aplomb. Ilicic would cost around the same as it cost Fiorentina to sign him the first time around. Liverpool would be wasting their money to bring in a player who is prone to niggling injuries, and would not represent a major improvement on the options they already have - or indeed could target.

If Ilicic is available, it should not matter, Liverpool should spend their money elsewhere.

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