Moroccan striker Mounir El Hamdaoui has revealed a dream to Liverpool would be a dream come true. However, the 28-year-old also confessed he felt most of the talk linking him to Anfield was pure speculation.
"Being linked with Liverpool is flattering but I really think it is paper talk so far. Liverpool are a great club and to play there in a legendary stadium like Anfield would be fantastic and a dream. But I am at Fiorentina and I'm happy," he told Sky Sports.
Hamdaoui signed for the Florence club in the summer, transferring from Dutch champions Ajax. The North African was in prolific form for the Eredivisie side, scoring 18 goals in 36 appearances, in all competitions, in the 2010/11 campaign.
However, his time with the Serie A club has been far less fruitful. Hamdaoui has made only two starts this season, with 13 of his 15 league appearances coming from off the bench. And he has only three goals to his name so far. The form of Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic and Italian veteran Luca Toni (11 and seven goals respectively) has meant Hamdaoui has had little or no playing time.
Brendan Rodgers is believed to be interested in offering him a chance to rediscover his scoring touch and it is understood the Moroccan will be a priority signing, particularly if Uruguay international Luis Suarez leaves in the summer. The 26-year-old, also a former Ajax player, is a reported target for Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
Colin Pascoe on Suarez
Meanwhile, the Reds' assistant manager, Colin Pascoe, believes Suarez is the favourite to win Player of the Year. The striker has 28 goals in 38 appearances, in all competitions, this season. In addition, he is also the leading goal scorer in the Premier League, with 21 strikes to Robin van Persie's 19. And he will have a chance to add to that tally on Sunday evening, when Anfield hosts Tottenham (read IBTimes UK preview here) and both clubs look to seal European football for next season.
"The way he plays, his goals, his record - his name should be next to the best players in the world. I said a couple of months ago he is one of the best strikers in the Premier League and with the way he has been performing, he deserves to be a favourite for the Player of the Year award," Pascoe explained.
"He is unique because he can play in four different positions. He can play as a No 9, a No 10 and wide left or right. He makes chances for himself as well. Some strikers need players to pass to them but with Luis he can score a goal from anywhere or any opportunity," he added.