Liverpool are being linked with a shock move for David Villa amid rumours the Barcelona striker has fallen out with Lionel Messi.Spain’s premier radio station Cadena SER report that the Reds made initial contact with Villa’s agent in an attempt to establish whether a deal could be brokered.
It’s unclear what they were told, but Barcelona-based newspaper Sport, are claiming Liverpool are planning to push ahead with their interest in the Spanish international as they look find an adequate replacement for Fernando Torres.
January’s £35million signing Andy Carroll has so far failed to impress, while Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy have failed to cement a place alongside Luis Suarez in the Reds firing line.
The Anfield owners have already proven they're not scared of splashing the cash, but will surely demand boss Kenny Dalglish make a significant sale before they bankroll any bid for Villa.
Barcelona manager Pepe Guardiola has recently denied that any bad feelings exist between Villa and Messi, saying: ‘It is impossible to be an enemy of David, he is too nice a person.
'He is generous both in the way he plays football and also in his personal life. It is impossible not to get on well with him.’
Villa has just three goals in eleven La Liga appearances this season, and is competing with Messi, Pedro, Ibrahim Afellay and Alexis Sanchez for a place up front, although the later two are currently injured.