Liverpool join Arsenal in race for French midfielder

Liverpool have joined Arsenal in the race for Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, Daily Star reports.

Schneiderlin was a January target for the Gunners and are now ready to renew their interest with a £12million bid this summer.

But Liverpool are also interested in the French midfielder and along with Saints team-mate Dejan Lovren.

The Reds see Schneiderlin as the perfect foil to Steven Gerrard, providing defensive cover in Brendan Rodgers’ attacking side.

The 24-year-old played a pivotal role in Southampton’s good form this season, and admitted that a move to a Champions League club would be difficult to turn down.

“For my progress and my visibility, it would be better to play for a club who play in the Champions League,” he previously stated.

“I know there is a lot of speculation, but I still have three years on my contract, it does not depend on me.

“We’ll see in the coming weeks.”

It is reported that Rodgers has already open negotiations for England midfielder Adam Lallana, but talks have hit a stumbling block over his hefty price tag.

The Reds are looking to strengthen their squad as they prepare for their journey in next season’s UEFA Champions League.