Liverpool prepare £45.8m raid on former Real Madrid star

Liverpool are preparing a major offer as they step up attempts to land Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, according to Italian news outlet Gazzetta.

The 23-year old has largely appeared from the bench for the Old Lady and has been linked with both Arsenal and a return to former club Real Madrid.

However, per the Metro, reports suggest the Reds are readying a mammoth £45.8m bid in order to cure their striking woes.

£32m signing Christian Benteke has not wholly convinced he fits manager Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy, while England international Daniel Sturridge is continually dogged by injuries.

Morata move to Turin in the summer of 2014 after winning the Champions League with Los Blancos against city rivals Atletico.

Despite graduating out of the youth academy in the Spanish capital, the striker could not truly impose himself on first-team proceedings amid their array of attacking superstars.

While the Bianconeri have expressed little desire to sell the Spain international, perhaps such an offer would turn their heads.