Liverpool's blueprint for returning to consistent Champions League play is simple: sign young players on the brink of success, give them chances to succeed with the first team and reap the benefits. It's a strategy that's much easier to execute in theory than in practice, but Liverpool have already hit the jackpot on a few young signings over the past few seasons.
Next on the list of targeted prospects seems to be 20-year-old Croatian midfielder Marko Rog, who plays for Dinamo Zagreb. The Echo reports that club scout Barry Hunter went to watch Rog last week, and Liverpool might move for him in January if Zagreb fail to progress past the group stages of the Champions League.
Liverpool were interested in Rog last season when he played for Hajduk Split, but wanted to let him develop further before swooping in, according to the report.