Fiorentina make final demand to Neto, with Liverpool lurking

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Fiorentina may be set to lose goalkeeper Neto after handing the Brazilian an ultimatum.

The old adage states that when it rains, it pours - and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is the latest to learn just that.

The Reds have been in miserable form so far this season, and Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace has heaped pressure on Rodgers.

Despite spending over £100m on new signings, Liverpool have won just four of their 12 Premier League games so far this season, and their Champions League hopes hang by a thread ahead of this week's clash in Bulgaria against Ludogorets.

There are a plethora of issues with this Liverpool team, but fans are growing increasingly impatient with the performances of Simon Mignolet.

The Belgian has struggled this season, and is regularly criticised for two big flaws for a goalkeeper - his inability to command his area, and his poor distribution with the ball at his feet.

It was widely expected that former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes would be signed on a free transfer to compete with Mignolet, but he has since begun training with Manchester United - leaving Rodgers to consider other shot stoppers ahead of the January transfer window.

According to reports, Liverpool have been monitoring the situation of Fiorentina stopper Norberto Neto in recent months, with the Brazilian's contract set to expire next summer.

Having failed to agree a new deal with Fiorentina, Neto can sign a pre-contract agreement in January or they can sell him for a knockdown fee - which they now seem prepared to do.

Speculation in Italy suggests that Fiorentina have made a final ultimatum to Neto - sign a new contract now or be sold in January, as they try to sort out his future well in advance of the transfer window.

That pushes him ever closer to Anfield, with Liverpool believed to be leading the chase for his signature in recent weeks, and there seems to be little competition for him at this stage.

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