Reds linked with Villa swoop

Villa is reported to have fallen out with Barca team-mate Lionel

Messi at the Nou Camp, and Barcelona-based newspaper Sport claims

the Reds are eyeing the striker. Liverpool hitman Andy Carroll, who

joined the club last January in a £35million deal from

Newcastle, has struggled to find form at Anfield, while Villa could

be a more suitable forward to play up front alongside Luis Suarez.

Barcelona coach Pepe Guardiola has dismissed suggestions that Messi

and Villa don’t get on. He is quoted in Metro as saying: “It is

impossible to be an enemy of David, he is too nice a person. “He is

generous both in the way he plays football and also in his personal

life. It is impossible not to get on well with him.” After

Liverpool’s recent home draws against Norwich and Swansea, Dalglish

may feel he needs more goals up front as he looks to re-establish

the Reds in the Premier League’s top four and with it qualification

for the Champions League.