REDS EYE ACE DUBBED ‘FRENCH BALE’
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has his eye on bagging the French Gareth Bale.
The Reds are tracking Alexandre Lacazette – and his club boss reckons he is better than Welsh wizard Bale.
The 23-year-old has scored 19 goals in 20 matches for Lyon.
President Jean-Michel Aulas said: “You can’t put a figure on it.
“What’s the name of the Welshman at Real Madrid? I think that Alexandre is a lot better.
“But Alexandre does not have a price, so it’s pointless thinking of one.”
Manchester City were interested in the hotshot, but their £28million move for Wilfried Bony has left the door open for Liverpool to swoop.
Lyon are desperate to hang on to their prized asset as they aim to become a force in the Champions League again.
Aulas said: “Our goal is to become a top European club in the next five years and that’s why we don’t want to sell him.”
Kop defender Jon Flanagan is closing in on a return from injury.
The defender has been out all season with knee trouble but hopes to return next month.
And the 22-year-old is relishing the chance to fight for his place, despite the summer arrival of full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo.
Flanagan said: “When I saw that we signed two full-backs I immediately thought, ‘I need to up my game now’.
“I know I need to consistently do well if I’m to get into the team and then stay there.
“I want to keep developing as a footballer. That’s why not being available has been so frustrating.
“But competition for places doesn’t bother me. I’m always up for the fight.” Local lad Flanagan is a popular figure among Reds fans and he says they have spurred him on since his surgery back in September.
He said: “It’s great to hear the fans haven’t forgotten me.
“When you hear that, you know people are rooting for you and want to see you back playing again. It gives me even more motivation to get back out on the pitch as soon as possible.
“I’ve been out for what has felt like a really long time. It’s been frustrating.
“When the rest of the lads have travelled to away games, I’ve been in having treatment or doing rehab work.
“That is one of the downsides of football that people don’t see.
“Once you are injured, your schedule changes completely. You have to rest on different days and work on other areas. It’s not nice, but it has to be done and will be worth all the effort.
“I have got into the team before and kept my place. Now I need to do that again.” COMEBACK: Flanagan is determined to win back his starting place