Liverpool are already in contact with the representatives of Barcelona striker David Villa in January. Cadena Ser says Liverpool's owners want to buy Villa after seeing their top four hopes threatened in recent weeks over poor form in front of goal.

Villa is unsettled at Barca after being pushed aside to accommodate Lionel Messi's goal scoring capabilities.

Liverpool are aware of the situation and have already approached Villa's agents about his availability and the prospect of moving to Anfield.

For the moment, Villa has indicated he is prepared to 'tough it out' at the Nou Camp, though things could change closer to the January transfer window.