Five facts about Liverpool target Keita Balde Diao

Liverpool have been linked with Keita Balde Diao, but what do their fans need to know about him?

According to a report in the Daily Mirror, Liverpool have been put on red alert by the availability of Lazio's Keita Diao.

The youngster was a target for Brendan Rodgers during the summer, but the Serie A side were quoting a fee of almost £24 million back then, which has now reportedly been lowered to £15 million.

Liverpool's efforts will be significantly boosted by new reports that suggest Diao is discontent with the lack of first team football he is receiving in Rome, and feels a move to the Premier League would be beneficial for his development. 

Should news of a move materialise though, Liverpool could face competition from Arsenal as manager Arsene Wenger is known to be an admirer.

Diao is relatively unheard of so here are five facts that supporters of interested clubs should know:

1) Roots

Diao is a youth products of Barcelona's famous academy La Masia. The players spent seven years learning his trade in Catalonia before moving onto Lazio in 2011.

2) Punishment

As a punishment for putting ice in a team mates bed, Keita Diao was sent out on loan to UE Cornelia in 2010. He ended up scoring 47 goals in a single season for the Cornelia youth team.

3) Personal

He is just 19-years-old and plays as a left-sided forward or striker, which is a position Liverpool are struggling in at the moment. Since his Lazio debut in 2013 he has scored five goals in 23 appearances.

4) Nationality

Diao is a Spanish national but has yet to represent his country at any level. He is also eligible to play for Senegal thanks to his parents who were both born in the West African country.

5) Strengths & Weaknesses

The youngster's main strength is his raw pace and use of dribbling and skill to beat opponents. Diao's main criticisms is his lack of end product and tendency to not track back and help the defence.

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