Long-term Liverpool target Andriy Yarmolenko scores first ever hat-trick

Andriy Yarmolenko scored all three goals as the Ukraine defeated Luxembourg 3-0 last night.

Liverpool have been linked with the services of Ukrainian winger Andry Yarmolenko for well over a year now. They submitted a deadline day bid for the player, believed to be in the region if £12 million, in 2013 which was duly rejected by his club side Dynamo Kiev.

In recent times however that interest has appeared to cool. In fact they have been more regularly linked with his opposite winger for Ukraine Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Last night Yarmolenko, valued at around £17 million, showed Liverpool what they might be missing.

He was in sensational form for the Ukraine as they defeated Luxembourg in qualifying for the 2016 European Championships in France.

He scored all three goals for his country in a 3-0 away triumph, hos first ever career hat-trick.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring by smashing the ball into the roof of the net after a goalmouth scramble in the first-half.

He then scored two goals in two second half minutes to seal victory for the Ukraine.

His second goal came after a move he started, latching on to a failed clearance to curl home an excellent left-footed strike. He then secured the points by charging in from the right, dancing past his man, before unleashing a thunderbolt from the edge of the box to make it 3-0.

It was a fine performance which certainly has you wondering - should Liverpool rekindle their interest in Yarmolenko?

He is still young and could offer coverage across the Liverpool front-line. With the likes of Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Lazar Markovic all either misfiring or potentially leaving - who is to say Yarmolenko might not be one of Liverpool's best options.

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