By Massimo Marioni

New Reds boss Brendan Rodgers knows the forward from their time together at Stamford Bridge, and now it seems the Northern Irishman is lining up the 26-year-old free agent to bolster his attacking options at Anfield.

Salomon Kalou on Liverpool hit-list, according to transfer rivals' boss

However, Bundesliga side Schalke are also attempting to snap up the Ivory Coast international, and remain confident of landing their man despite this latest interest from the Reds.

‘Liverpool are in the market for him [Kalou], but I know he wants to leave England. That can be an advantage for us,’ said Schalke’s boss Huub Stevens.

The Dutch manager had also targeted Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, but Stevens admits signing his countryman will be a tricky task.

‘It is clear that Rafael is a very good player. But first we would have to sell players, and even then, a transfer is difficult,’ added Stevens.

Van Der Vaart has previously opened the door to a move away from White Hart Lane, despite insisting he’s happy in north London.

‘There is always interest,’ said midfielder.

‘I’m happy in England and will remain there. But in football you never know. That’s what I wanted to say and no more than that.’