Liverpool should snap up Bernard on a free to provide competition for their attackers

Liverpool are interested in signing Brazilian forward Bernard on a free transfer according to Brazilian news outlet UOL.

What’s the story?

The 25-year-old, who is comfortable playing on the wing or up front, has been at Shakhtar Donetsk since 2013, playing 95 times for the Ukrainian club and scoring 14 goals and registering 24 assists.

His contract expired at the end of last season and there are a number of Premier League clubs looking to snap him up on a free transfer.

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According to the report, Liverpool have joined Arsenal, West Ham and Chinese side Jiangsu Suning in the race to sign the Brazil international who is valued at £14.4million on Transfermarkt.

Quality for free

Bernard may not be the most prolific forward but he could be an astute signing for Liverpool as a substitute striker behind Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

He offers that same pace and ability to run beyond the defensive line and plays very much in the Anfield way.

The 25-year-old would link up well with compatriot Firmino and if he adapts well to the Premier League, the Reds would have another potent attacking weapon in their armoury.

It is a low-risk deal as there is no transfer fee but he could be a very useful player to have on the books, even if he would find it difficult to break into the first team straight away.