Liverpool could use Champions League restart to their advantage in reviving transfer bid

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Liverpool’s squad was improved only marginally over the summer, with the arrival of Ibrahima Konate being their only major transfer of the summer. Yet with much of their transfer budget reserved and by drawing Inter Milan in Monday’s revised Champions League draw, they could take a look at a player they have been linked with in the past.

The Reds won all six of their Champions League group stage games in what was initially thought to be a ‘group of death’ against Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Porto.

Scoring 17 goals in just six games, the Anfield-based outfit cruised to top spot with a 100 per cent record.

Having initially been pitted against Salzburg in the knockout stage, UEFA made a mess of proceedings and had to redo the draw.

Jurgen Klopp’s men now face Inter Milan in a bid to advance to the quarter finals, in what is considered a much harder task against the Italian champions.

And with former interest in Ivan Perisic, the German will be able to have a good look at a long-term target in person.

Perisic, 32, joined Inter for £13million in 2015 from Wolfsburg, where he won the German Cup.

Having scored 48 goals in 226 games at the San Siro, Perisic has staked his claim as one of the world’s best wingers.

A report by talkSPORT in 2017 linked the Reds with the Croatian winger, even before his exploits at the 2018 World Cup.

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And with his contract expiring at the end of the season, it is the perfect opportunity for Klopp to take notes on his man in a potential bid.

With Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane likely to be ahead of Perisic in the pecking order, game time may well be an issue.

However, with the duo more likely to be rested for bigger games, Perisic could win trophies in England in what would be his first stint in the Premier League.

The Reds currently sit just one point from the top of the Premier League, having won their last five fixtures.

With struggling Newcastle next up, the club once more are strong favourites to take all three points.

And they will be hoping to go top at Christmas with a further win over Tottenham just three days later.

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