Italian giants Juventus has been reported to be preparing to further deepen Liverpool’s misery with a January raid for defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano.
Rafael Benitez’s side are already six points behind Chelsea following their third defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Now Italians Juve are planning a fresh bid for Argentine international midfielder Mascherano, now age 24, who they tried to sign from West Ham before he moved to Anfield in January 2007.
It is also believed that the Turin giants are ready to offer £23million as they seek to grab the Serie A title away from Inter Milan and club officials are planning to open talks with their Anfield opposite numbers in the coming weeks.
Mascherano is already a target for Spanish champions FC Barcelona, with Liverpool rejecting an approach for him from the European champions during the summer.