Liverpool looking at 6ft. 5” striker as Benteke interest cools

Liverpool are tracking Juventus’ giant striker Fernando Llorente amid claims that they’re no longer interested in Christian Benteke of Aston Villa, according to reports from Tuttosport.

The Reds were believed to have made the Villains’ in-form Belgian striker a major target, but his £32m valuation has led to suggestions that they’re watching other options such as Salomon Rondon and Carlos Bacca.

And now reports claim that Llorente is on their radar, with the Spaniard’s future with Juve far from clear.

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The Champions League runners-up have already bolstered their attacking ranks with Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic, adding to fierce competition in Turin – Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata are also present.

The 30-year-old may command a sizable contract, but at 6ft. 5” he would offer genuine presence to Brendan Rodgers’ forward line, while a proven track record at club and international level – he’s a Serie A champion and was part of Spain’s 2010 World Cup success – may be appealing.