Liverpool fans have more reasons to be hopeful for the future than ever before. Brendan Rodgers stated before the start of the season that only a Champions League spot will be enough to satisfy him and the fans, and saturday’s 1-0 win against Stoke at Anfield is perhaps the first step to much awaited glory at one of England’s largest clubs. However, Rodgers knows that the team requires one more marquee signing to become a true force in the Premier League and the Irishman has singled out Anzhi Makhachkala’s Willian.

So eager is Rodgers to land the Brazilian trickster that he has arranged a £110,000-a-week salary for the winger; a significant improvement over the current £90,000-a-week salary that Anzhi Makhachkala, who have a history of overpaying, offers him.

The Russian club is asking for £30 million for their player but Liverpool are only ready to deal for a fee in the region of £25 million, at least in the initial stages. However, given the Dagestan based club’s desperation, Anzhi are likely to agree on Liverpool’s terms and unless another club decides to compete with the Reds, Willian looks set to be the newest signing of the Rodgers’ era pretty soon.

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