Last November, Corriere dello Sport stated Liverpool are one of the Premier League sides to have shown interest in KRC Genk’s Bilal El Khannouss.

The Merseyside club continue to be an interested party if the latest report from Het Laatste Nieuws is to be believed.

On Sunday, Marca stated Atlético Madrid have identified three candidates to bolster their squad in the winter market and the Liverpool target is one of them.

HLN relay this and then provide their own take on this case, where they say the Reds and the La Liga side are eyeing a move for Genk’s ‘golden boy’.

It’s said Diego Simeone’s side will face ‘formidable competition’ from Bayer Leverkusen and ‘especially Liverpool’.

Jürgen Klopp’s side have sent scouts to watch the 19-year-old and after following him closely, they are convinced of his potential. Therefore, the Anfield club have already made enquiries for the Morocco international.

The attacking midfielder’s contract lasts until 2027 and the report states there’s a good chance he’ll make a ‘top transfer’ next summer.

Last November, Genk director Dimitri De Condé told HLN that his side are aiming to earn big from El Khannouss’ sale.

“I have always said to Bilal and his entourage that we believe he should become the most expensive outgoing transfer in Belgian football,” he said.

El Khannouss’ mother, Karima Ben Aissa, who is also his agent, confirmed contacts with interested parties.

“We are in contact with a few clubs. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a big name. Playing minutes take precedence,” she told HLN last week.