Of all the problems Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is poised to face next season, replacing want-away youngster Raheem Sterling is potentially the biggest. The Reds experienced last season what happens when you fail to adequately replace your best player, as from the dizzy heights of a second-place finish the previous season they tumbled down all the way to a sixth in the league, after having sold their talismanic forward Luis Suarez to Barcelona and wasting the £75 million proceeds on vastly inferior players, going for quantity over quality.
It seems they have seemingly learnt their lesson this season as they have already signed Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino and have lined up several other star targets as replacements for the Manchester City bound Sterling. One of their reported targets has been Real Madrid playmaker Denis Cheryshev, who has impressed on loan at Villareal last season, scoring 4 goals in 26 games and providing 9 assists.
With fierce competition at the Santiago Bernabeu in the form of James Rodriguez , Cheryshev is not expected to get many opportunities at Real next season and is therefore keen on a move. The Madrid youth product has failed to make a single league appearance for the club since graduating from the Castilla in 2012, and the club are keen to offload him at the right price.
Liverpool have reportedly made an ambitious bid to bring the 24-year-old to Anfield , but are believed to be some way short of Real’s £14.2 million valuation of the player. Interestingly, the other club competing with the Reds for the signature of the highly rated Russian playmaker are their cross-town rivals Everton, who have been rumoured long term admirers of the player and are set to step up their interest now after it has become clear that the player might be leaving Madrid.
Capable of playing both as a winger and a playmaker , Cheryshev might prove an adequate replacement for Sterling , who has himself operated in both the aforementioned positions over the last two seasons.