Liverpool's move for the Frenchman broke down late on, but their newest reported target would be even better at Anfield.
Liverpool were dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of Lyon's star forward Nabil Fekir on Friday, with the Frenchman now turning his attentions towards the World Cup upon hearing news he will remain in Ligue 1 next term, according to BBC Sport.
The Reds were expected to revisit negotiations for the 24-year-old after the tournament's conclusion, but it appears a new star target has emerged for Jurgen Klopp, in Real Madrid's Marco Asensio, according to Diario Gol.
The logistics of completing a permanent deal for Madrid's star prodigy at this stage are tricky but, if Liverpool can pull it off, they would have a sensational addition to the squad; one that would diversify their attack more than Fekir.
Liverpool's lack of choice in wide areas often coincides with a lack of width, as both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah favour cutting back, looking for inverted runs into the box, which against resolute defences can be tough.
Asensio, as a naturally left footed winger, is becoming renowned for his quality byline delivery, using his pace to stretch the pitch before delivering pin-point crosses into the box on his favoured foot, often catching recovering defenders out.
The Spanish international would hugely improve Liverpool's attack, and the extra dimension of his play could be pivotal in the side turning a number of bore-draws into vital points in the chase for Premier League glory next term.
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