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Liverpool are preparing a bid for Atletico Mineiro midfielder Bernard, according to SportsDirect News.
Liverpool have been tracking Bernard with manager Brendan Rodgers wanting to bring in a new attacking midfielder this summer.
Liverpool had originally targeted Henrikh Mkhitaryan but the Armenian midfielder has joined Borussia Dortmund instead. The Anfield club also remain interested in Christian Eriksen of Ajax.
Bernard currently plays for Atletico Mineiro in Brazil and has made over 90 appearances for the club scoring 20 goals.
Bernard is only 20 years old and has a lot of potential. He recently shone in Brazil's Confederations Cup triumph and has five caps in total for Brazil.
Bernard has a lot of flair and is a versatile player. He has the ability to play on the left side of midfield and in the hole behind the striker. He is fast and has a good range of passing. Despite his small size Bernard rarely gets muscled off the ball. The Brazilian can add a different dimension to Liverpool.
Bernard's style of play is similar to that of former Spurs star Luka Modric who excelled in the Premier League. The Brazilian could inject some much-needed energy and creativity which was lacking in Liverpool's side last season.
Liverpool would have faced competition for Bernard from Tottenham Hotspur.However Spurs have cooled their interest after the signing of Paulinho.
Bernard would be an astute signing at around £15million and he fits Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' policy of buying and then developing youth.