Jefferson Farfan

Jefferson Farfan

Along with the Mohamed Salah rumours, the Reds have been strongly linked to Schalke’s Jefferson Farfan over the last month, and the Peruvian pacer remains the most established and risk-free alternative to the Chelsea-bound youngster.

The Miners wideman is best known for his mixture of explosive speed and goal-scoring prowess, with a return of 36 goals in 154 appearances during his six-year Bundesliga stay, and 57 in 119 and former club PSV, where Farfan won four consecutive Eredivisie titles.

The Peru international has missed a portion of the current campaign through injury, but has still managed to find six goals and two assists in eleven domestic starts.

Along the way, he’s averaged 1.8 tackles, 1.3 shots, 1.8 key passes and 2.8 successful dribbles per match.

Farfan has been part of the Schalke tapestry for some time – a major factor in the German side claiming the DFB Pokal in 2011 and consistently qualifying for the Champions League over the last few years.

But a new generation of exciting home-grown talents are breaking through at the Veltins Arena, including the likes of Julian Draxler, Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka and Christian Clements, and it’s believed the Miners management are prepared to move on the 29 year-old for the sake of new blood.

Furthermore, with just 18 months left on Farfan’s current contract, this January represents the best opportunity for Schalke to sell before their winger’s value begins to depreciate.

The Liverpool Echo have reported that the Anfield side are considering an £11million bid for the Bundesliga star, but Schalke want £15million. Brendan Rodgers may view that valuation as too steep for player who will be 30 years old this time next season.