Liverpool step up Willian chase - report
Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Anzhi Makhachkala's Willian after negotiations were opened with the Russian club according to reports in England.
Anzhi Makhachkala have made the Brazilian available for transfer and Brendan Rodgers has made Willian his priority after an enquiry was made earlier this week.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds are encouraged by the Russian club's willingness to sell and Willian's desire to move to the Premier League.
"I'm hoping in the coming days to receive an offer from a club like Liverpool. It sure is a great club,” Willian said to ESPN Brasil.
"I'm hopeful and very calm. Of course England is a league that many dream of playing in and I'm no different. My agent has had conversations with some clubs.
"I love the Premier League and the style of English football, and certainly if it happens it will be good for me. I'll grow professionally.”