Liverpool are ready to launch January raids for FC Basel’s Mohamed Salah and Martin Montoya or Barcelona, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Brendan Rodgers is expected to delve into the transfer market next month in a bid to keep his side in the race for the Premier League title, and has earmarked the duo as his top targets.

Salah – dubbed ‘the Egyptian Lionel Messi’ – is said to be his priority, with a wide attacker very much on his wish list.

The 21-year-old has been earning rave reviews for his displays in the Swiss top flight and in Europe – he netted home and away against Chelsea in the Champions League this season – and is expected to be available for around £10m.

Although a number of top clubs are thought to be chasing Salah, one of his former team-mates recently suggested that a deal to take the winger to Anfield is almost done.

Montoya is also on Rodgers’ radar.

The Barcelona defender is said to be edging towards the Nou Camp’s exit door, with his current contract due to expire at the end of the season.

The Catalans are keen to keep the 22-year-old, but the player himself wants guarantees of first-team action, which are seen as unrealistic due to the presence of Daniel Alves.

Liverpool are looking into the possibility of a loan deal, which could allow Daniel Agger to leave for Napoli.

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