Liverpool are considering an approach for Barcelona midfielder Jonathan dos Santos. Metro believes the Mexican international is unsettled at the Camp Nou after failing to establish himself in the first team. The 22-year-old defensive player has made only 10 appearances in La Liga since 2009; he has made only two this season.
The Mexican's brother, Giovani dos Santos, is also a graduate from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy. However, he too failed to find a regular place in the first team and is now with Mallorca, after a spell with Tottenham in the Premier League.
Jonathan dos Santos has explained that although he would like to remain with Barcelona, first team football was the priority and he was open to any move (preferably to England) that could solve the problem.
"Next season is incredibly important to me. I want to play more and more often. At the end of the season, I will sit down and see what's best for me," the youngster explained to Spanish media.
The Metro believes the Reds will face competition from Spanish sides Real Betis and Malaga but should make an approach for the player stick, given his preference for English football.
Enrique Focusing on Liverpool Role
Meanwhile, back at Anfield, Spanish left-back Jose Enrique has asked manager Brendan Rodgers to continue playing him in his normal position. The 27-year-old was pushed out to an attacking slot on the wings in recent games, to allow for England international Glen Johnson to play in the defensive role.
"I will try to stay there [at left-back]. I don't like to speak about myself but, for me, Glen is one of the best right-backs in the world. He [Brendan Rodgers] wants the full-backs to try to be another attacking player," Enrique explained, adding that while he appreciated the chance to learn about the attacking aspects of the game, he intended to cement his defensive role at the club.
The former Valencia man also praised Rodgers' work with the first team and defended the lack of silverware this season by pointing out that the Northern Irishman was building for the future rather than the short term.
"You can see how difficult it is to win a trophy. We won one last year and nothing this year, but in terms of the future we have made progress. It's difficult to get used to this system for players that have never played that type of football. Of course, last year we played two finals and won one of them," he concluded.
Liverpool host Chelsea on Sunday, in a high-profile Premier League clash.