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Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda is top of Liverpool's wanted list with the club ready to launch a £12 million for the CSKA Moscow player, according to caughtoffside.com.
The 24-year-old stared for Japan at last year's World Cup as they progressed to the second round in South Africa, which has led to comparisons with Maradona, such is his skill and awareness on the ball.
Despite attracting plenty of attention during the tournament, Honda stayed put in Russia, but now is expected to make the next step up, with Liverpool ready to make him a Premier League player this summer.
Director of Football Damien Comolli has placed the playmaker at the top of his preferred midfield targets, with Liverpool still searching for someone to service striker Andy Carroll.
Liverpool have been linked with a host of midfielders of late, with Ashley Young, Charlie Adam and Matt Jarvis all strongly tipped to join the club this summer, along with the Japanese starlet.
The former Grampus Eight man is expected to fetch £12 million and with Juventus and Marseille both reportedly interested, the Anfield club have competition for his signature.