Man Utd transfer target has dog named after Liverpool’s stadium Anfield

Manchester United transfer target Marcos Llorente has a dog called Anfield – the home of the Red Devils' fiercest rivals.

But fans of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side don't need to worry that the Atletico Madrid midfielder is a closet Liverpool fan.

In fact, the pooch was named after the famous stadium because of Llorente's two goals there which helped knock Jurgen Klopp's team out of last season's Champions League.

United have been linked with a move for Llorente in the summer transfer window, with reports earlier this week claiming they had offered Atleti £68.5million for his services.

As well as playing in midfield, the 26-year-old can play on the right of the attack or as a second striker – hinting at a possible solution for the Red Devils' problematic right-wing slot as well as an extra option in the engine room.

The 26-year-old has scored 10 goals and nine assists in all competitions this season for La LIga leaders Los Rojiblancos.

And United's biggest rivals certainly know all about the Spain star's eye for goal – after he scored against them in a 3-2 victory at Anfield last term.

Llorente said that game transformed his career, after he came on as a sub to wipe out Liverpool's extra-time lead before putting his side ahead in the tie, with Alvaro Morata sealing a 4-2 aggregate victory late on.

“That match at Anfield was a turning point in my career," Llorente told Daily Star Sport in November last year. “It was a match that changed my life.

"Some games you do well and some games you don’t do so well, but I did play very well in that match. And I think I have continued to play well since.

“Things are going well so I’m very happy about that.”

That game was massive for Llorente, who has since become a regular starter for Diego Simeone's side – often in a more attacking role.

And his mum was so thrilled with her son's man-of-the-match performance that she named the new family pet Anfield.

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  • “She is a great support for me," said Llorente. "She can suffer a lot from matches but that day was a really happy.

    “Her happiness that day really made a mark on her – a month later we brought her a dog and she was so fond of that particular day, that’s why she called him Anfield.”

    It remains to be seen whether United can land Llorente, with Atleti reportedly reluctant to let him go.

    According to Spanish publication Marca, the club are set to demand that any potential suitors pay his full £103million release clause.

    The former Real Madrid man is contracted at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2024.

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