Liverpool are believed to be monitoring the progress of PSV-Eindhoven striker Jurgen Locadia after the youngster made a sensational start to his career in the first team.
The 18-year-old was handed his Eredvisie debut against VVV Venlo earlier this month and came off the bench to score a hat-trick in just 11 minutes as PSV secured an emphatic 6-0 win.
Locadia was signed by the Dutch giants back in 2010 and was only awarded his first professional contract last year when he turned 18.
He made his first appearance for PSV in a cup tie against VVSB last year, but his displays for the youth side convinced manager Dick Advocaat that he deserved an opportunity in the first team.
The Daily Mail has reported that Liverpool were suitably impressed with the performance of the young striker and will now continue to monitor his progress as they decide whether to make an offer in the January transfer window.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is short of options in attack after learning that summer signing Fabio Borini has been ruled out of action for three months.
That leaves Rodgers with Luis Suarez as the only senior striker currently available after allowing Andy Carroll to join West Ham on a season-long loan.
There is a possibility that Carroll could return to the club in January as there is a clause in his contract, however, he has never appeared to be part of Rodgers' plan.
Liverpool do have a number of young striker pushing for a call-up to the first team, with Adam Morgan and Samed Yesil both impressing for the Under-21 side.
Locadia would also be viewed as one for the future, but the Reds will want to continue to monitor his progress over the next few months to see if he establishes himself as a regular in the PSV side.
His form in recent weeks certainly suggests that he will push for a string role having also scored in the cup against Achilles 29 last month, and then scored four goals while playing for the reserves.
See Locadia's hat-trick for PSV earlier this month
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