Liverpool target Roma ace to replace Gerrard

Liverpool are keen to replace Steven Gerrard with Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, according to reports from Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Reds’ iconic skipper’s end of season move to MLS giants LA Galaxy was announced on Wednesday after he confirmed last week that he wouldn’t be extending his contract at Anfield – which expires in just under six months’ time.

With Gerrard having been one of the Merseysiders’ key men for much of the last 15 years, the club are aware that a replacement will be needed and Pjanic is believed to be the top target.

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The Bosnian playmaker – who has been linked with Manchester United in the past – has been outlined as the man to fell the departing 34-year-old’s boots, with contact having been made between Liverpool and Roma already.

A summer move is Brendan Rodgers’ preference, with the five-time European champions ready to pay upwards of £23m to land the 24-year-old.

Pjanic has established himself as one of Serie A’s top playmakers since moving to Rome in 2011 from Lyon, and has been celebrated for his prowess from dead-ball situations.