Liverpool step up Hlozek pursuit after transfer mission - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

22nd Jul, 2021 | 6:45am

Sources: Liverpool line up 'exceptional' Hlozek bid after midweek Austrian transfer mission

Liverpool are lining up a move for Sparta Prague sensation Adam Hlozek after watching him in midweek action, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Czech Republic striker, 18, was assessed by Anfield talent spotters in his side’s Champions League qualifier against Rapid Vienna on Tuesday night.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the club are keeping close tabs on Hlozek as they weigh up a bid.

He has been shortlisted as a target by the club’s recruitment team as they look to bring in a youthful and highly promising forward who can be developed by Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff.

Hlozek played the full 90 minutes as Sparta returned to competitive action for the first time since July.

The Czech outfit lost 2-1 in the first leg clash in Vienna as they look to secure a place in the Champions League group stages for the first time since 2005.

This site first revealed on 22nd April that the Merseysiders were monitoring Hlozek ahead of the summer window.

West Ham and Serie A giants AC Milan are also pursuing the forward amid a growing likelihood he will be the next Czech export to seal a major-money transfer.

It is expected to cost between £15-20million to lure Hlozek from Sparta in this window.

Hlozek has been described as an “exceptional striker” by Sparta boss Pavel Vrba and has already been capped seven times by his country.

He was used mainly as a substitute in the Euros, when Patrik Schick was the first choice forward.

Hlozek has played 86 times for Sparta and scored 28 times since graduating from their youth ranks.

He missed a big chunk of last season with a broken foot but still banged in 15 goals and provided eight assists from just 19 league matches.

The teenager ended the campaign with a glut of 10 goals from six games, including four in the final match of the season.

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