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Liverpool launching bid for Anzhi star Willian

Liverpool are chasing Anzhi midfielder Willian. The Mirror says the Reds' owners, Fenway Sports Group, have been prepared to bankroll a major signing for manager Brendan Rodgers all summer, and are backing his pursuit of Willian.

Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala want to cash in on the Samba star just eight months after buying him for £32million from Shakhtar Donetsk, because they need to slash costs.

This has alerted the Anfield giants, with Rodgers keen to land a big-name signing after missing out on Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, of Shakhtar.

He does not need to sell Luis Suarez first to a move for Willian, as FSG have promised him the cash to make a major signing.

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