Liverpool after stunning £60m Gerrard replacement

Liverpool are pondering a shock move for £60m-rated Everton ace Ross Barkley to replace departing captain, Steven Gerrard, according to reports from The Express.

The Reds’ iconic skipper is set to end his career-long association with the Anfield giants at the end of the season, after agreeing a deal to join MLS outfit LA Galaxy once his current contract expires.

Even though the 34-year-old has been criticised for a lack of mobility and fading influence on games of late, he remains one of manager Brendan Rodgers’ key men and is likely to be sorely missed.

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As a result, replacing him is a major objective for the summer, and reports indicate that Barkley is seen as an option.

The Everton starlet was one of last season’s standout young players in the Premier League, but there have been suggestions that he could leave Goodison Park in search of bigger and better things for some time.

The Toffees are dead set against losing their man, and have slapped a £60m price tag on his head, but Liverpool are said to be considering a swoop.

Not dissimilar to Gerrard, Barkley has been lauded for his all-action playing style and eye for goal, with his Merseyside roots also lending to comparisons.

24-year-old Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic is another target, with the Bosnian valued at around £23.5m.

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