Liverpool in for Argentina's new Messi

Vietto, 18, has attracted European scouts this season

Liverpool are battling with Juventus for Argentinian starlet Luciano Vietto.

Racing Club Avellaneda midfielder Vietto, 18, has attracted European scouts this season and Liverpool scouts have been watching the £4m-rated youngster, according to The Mirror.

Kop boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate to shore up the ranks after a disastrous start to the season.

Liverpool are lying at the bottom just above QPR and Southampton while Swansea are sitting on top just behind Chelsea.

Rodgers, renowned for his attacking style at Swansea, promised to bring a 'tiki-taka' revolution at Anfield.

But his stock has nose-dived following an opening day humbling at West Brom. Despite lifting themselves only to squander the advantage against champions Manchester City, they were buried by the Gunners.

His decision to offload Andy Carroll backfired after failing to secure the signature of American striker Clint Dempsey.

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