Dani Alves
Dani Alves has been linked with a move to Liverpool Getty Images

Liverpool are preparing a bid to lure Barcelona fullback Dani Alves to Anfield, according to reports in Spain.

Alves was once regarded as one the best right backs in the world, winning four La Liga titles and two Champions League trophies with Barca since joining them from Sevilla in 2008.

The 31-year-old is now reportedly on the radar of Liverpool as manager Brendan Rogers looks for competition for Glen Johnson.

Rodgers already has Jon Flanagan to call upon to cover Johnson but the youngster has been deployed as a left back in the absence of Jose Enrique.

But after Alves was reportedly told he could leave the Catalan giants as they look to bring in Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, Mundo Deportivo claims the Reds are now looking to bring the Brazilian to Merseyside in a €6m (£4.8m) deal.

Alves had recently been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain, where he would join five of his compatriots, including David Luiz and national captain Thiago Silva.

A move to Manchester City had also been on the cards in recent years but never materialised.

At £4.8m, Alves would be a cheap option, albeit a temporary one, for Rodgers and he would bring vast experience as Liverpool resumes Champions League football.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have been preparing for their International Champions Cup against arch rivals Manchester United.

The two sides meet at 1am BST on Tuesday at Miami's Sun Life Stadium after finishing top of their respective groups.

One player who will not feature in the clash is striker Daniel Sturridge. The 24-year-old England striker has flown home from America after picking up a slight hamstring injury during Liverpool's victory over AC Milan on Saturday.

Rodgers has confirmed Sturridge will be fit for the start of the Premier League season.