Manchester City striker Nicolas Anelka has emerged as Liverpool’s most likely transfer target if their attempt to sign Real Madrid’s Fernando Morientes falls through.

Anfield boss Rafael Benitez is still confident Morientes will sign, saying: “The player wants to come and we have a clear idea of the price we will pay.

But he added: “Just in case, we are watching other players. We are talking with agents and we have some names.

“We know all about Anelka and he is a good player.”

City boss Kevin Keegan admitted a “massive” bid could tempt the club to sell the much-travelled striker.

The 25-year-old spent five months on loan at Anfield at the end of the 2001-02 season before joining City.