Rodgers wants Celtic striker Hooper at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers will turn to Celtic as he attempts to solve his striker problems, with Gary Hooper the object of the Liverpool manager’s attention, the Daily Mail has reported.

The newspaper adds that Liverpool had scouts in the crowd watching Celtic play Barcelona on Tuesday evening, where Hooper was part of the Scottish side that took an early lead in the Camp Nou – through an own goal by former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano – only to succumb to a late Jordi Alba goal and fail to take even a point from Spain.

Liverpool however have been left short in attack through a combination of injuries and transfers. Andy Carroll was allowed to leave on loan to West Ham United but the transfer window closed without the arrival of a replacement, while Fabio Borini, signed earlier in the summer, broke his foot on a recent international trip with Italy.

Hooper has been at Celtic since 2010, moving to Glasgow after scoring 50 goals in 95 games for Scunthorpe United. Hooper has since hit 61 goals in 102 Celtic appearances, winning the Scottish Premier League title last season and the Scottish Cup the season before.

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