Liverpool will face competition from Juventus if Roy Hodgson renews interest in Germany international Mario Gomez when the transfer window opens.
The Reds were keen on a loan deal for striker in the summer and are still keen to find support for Fernando Torres this winter.
However, reports in Italy suggest Juventus have now set their sights on the 25-year-old because the chances of signing top target Edin Dzeko from Wolfsburg look increasingly remote.
Manchester Cityare prepared to outbid Juve for Bosnia & Herzogovina striker Dzeko,but there are suggestions that he has already all but agreed to joinBayern at the end of the season.
Juve have enquired aboutCity's unhappy striker Emmanuel Adebayor, but the Togo international'sfailure to secure an EU passport looks set to scupper a deal.
The Italians were also interested in Karim Benzema, who has struggled for a start at Real Madrid, but Jose Mourinho will not sanction the sale of his France striker unless a replacement is found.
City target: Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko (left)
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool are still on Gomez's trail. The takeover by NESV has brought greater funds, while the appointment of Damien Comolli as director of football strategy has already led to alternative players being scouted.
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