Liverpool are reportedly ‘weighing up a bid’ for Sparta Prague striker Adam Hlozek.
The Reds have been linked with forward additions in the summer transfer window, with backup options Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri potentially making way at Anfield.
The report claims Liverpool have been keeping tabs on the 18-year-old for some time but will look to step up their interest after scouts watched his display in his side’s Champions League qualifier against Rapid Vienna on Tuesday.
He played the full 90 minutes in Sparta’s 2-1 defeat, which has led Liverpool bosses to ‘weigh up’ a bid.
Hlozek – who will reportedly cost between £15million and £20million – player a bit-part role in Czech Republic’s Euro 2020 campaign, with the fine form of Patrick Schick reducing him to 80 minutes in total.
West Ham and AC Milan have also reportedly registered an interest in the striker.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has praised Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for their performances in new positions for Liverpool on Tuesday.
The Reds played two 30-minute friendlies on the same day and drew both matches 1-1 against Stuttgart and Wacker Innsbruck.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – who has been plagued with injury issues since joining Liverpool – played in a false-nine role, while Harvey Elliott was delpoyed in a central midfield role.
And Klopp was full of praise for the way the duo adapted to their new roles in the team and was also impressed by new boy Ibrahima Konate.
“I don’t think Harvey had ever played that position for us, but he looked good,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “Ox you could see in the first few minutes immediately that it is an option, definitely. We will see how that goes on.
“Ibou [Konate] did really well and that’s what we expected, he looks really good in training.
“First game with all the young boys, they have really showed up in training but it is different than when you play a first-team with all the kids together in the team. It is tough, but no problem – life is tough and we have to give them the opportunity to get tested in these kinds of games. We do that and now we carry on.”