West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini will be targeted by Liverpool if they lose Philippe Coutinho, ESPN Brazil is reporting.

Barcelona are expected to move for Philippe Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, who left the La Liga giants to join Paris Saint-Germain earlier in this season.

Liverpool do not want to lose Coutinho but have drawn up a list of targets as a contingency plan in case the Brazilian play maker does join the Catalan outfit, the potential of which has seen give odds of 20/1 for the Reds to win the league.

Unfortunately for West Ham fans, Manuel Lanzini features very prominently on that list.

The Argentinian international has been a sensation since joining West Ham – initially on loan – two years ago from Al Jazira.

Nicknamed “The Little Jewel”, Lanzini is a dangerous man in the attacking midfield regions.

Able to play centrally or on the wings, the 24-year-old has netted fifteen goals in two seasons for the Hammers.

His speed, agility and ability to run past defenders with ease makes him an appealing option for Liverpool, who will be looking to replace Philippe Coutinho’s flair.

Losing Manuel Lanzini would be a huge blow for the Hammers.

The skillful Argentine is an integral part of West Ham’s plans for next season and the East London outfit want to reward him with a lucrative new contract to fend off interest in him.

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