Liverpool: Meet The Bearded Australian With A Brilliant Name You Need To Sign

He's been making waves down under - but could he be set for a move to Merseyside? Everton are eyeing him, but Liverpool have a greater need...
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Liverpool: Meet The Australian With A Brilliant Name You Need To Sign

Life's not easy when you're a footballer with a positive adjective for a surname.

The pressure heaped upon your shoulders as you lace up those boots for the first time is one which would crack even the toughest personality.

Luckily, like his positive adjective surname forefathers Danny Invincible, Raheem Sterling and, erm, Leon Best (?), Australia's bearded wonderkid Josh Brillante is actually pretty handy with a ball at his feet.

In fact, more often than not, those adjectives prove pretty accurate. Ain't that right, Danny Shittu, Damien Duff and Kieron Dyer?

Anyway, back to Brillante. The Newcastle Jets' holding midfielder has been delivering some standout performances for the Young Socceroos, and was even drafted into the Senior squad last campaign.

He has been attracting glances from the northern hemisphere, too - with Lazio, Schalke and Everton all keeping tabs on his progress.

But Liverpool have been looking a little light in the middle third all season, and Brendan Rodgers could steal the starlet from under the nose of his Toffees counterpart, Roberto Martinez.

With Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen co-habiting the treatment table, and effervescent skipper Stevie Gee having had to do much more running than his 33 year old legs will be happy with, the Reds have found their backline under the cosh time and time again - and Brillante would be the perfect option to fill that hole.

Arguably, with Gareth Barry enjoying a new lease of life in the blue half of the city and set to make his move permanent, Liverpool's need for an energetic stopper is greater than that of Everton.

Australia's World Cup squad deadline might come a little too soon for the industrious midfielder, but with his profile growing and more European sides taking interest, perhaps Brendan Rodgers should look down under for the next piece in his jigsaw.


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