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Liverpool target fresh Bournemouth raid for chief scout Mark Burchill

Mark burchill Livingston manager at the Pre Season Friendly between Livingston and Real Sociedad at the City Stadium on July 13th, 2015 in Livingston, Scotland
Mark Burchill managed Livingston during the 2014-15 season before turning to scouting - Getty Images/Jeff Holmes

Liverpool are expected to raid Bournemouth for a second time by luring their chief scout Mark Burchill to Anfield.

Burchill would become new Liverpool sporting director Richard Hughes’ first appointment, joining an already well-established recruitment team of chief scout Barry Hunter and head of recruitment Dave Fallows.

Hughes’s arrival from Bournemouth at the end of this season was confirmed on Wednesday, and just as Fenway Sports Group’s football chief executive Michael Edwards wanted him as part of the Liverpool structure, Burchill is seen as another valuable addition.

A former Celtic player and Scottish international, Burchill has a long association with fellow Scot Hughes. A move to Liverpool would further strengthen the ex-Portsmouth connection on Merseyside as Burchill was a team-mate of Hughes at Fratton Park in the early 2000s, when Edwards first struck up his friendship with Liverpool’s next sporting director.

Burchill initially followed management ambitions after his retirement from playing, managing Livingston in 2014-15.

After that experience ended in disappointment – he was sacked just months after leading the club to the Scottish Challenge Cup – he decided a role behind the scenes was preferable after moving to Bournemouth shortly after Hughes became technical director.

Burchill was instrumental in Bournemouth’s signings such as Nathan Aké, David Brooks and Philip Billing, whose values all soared following their moves to the south coast.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold has taken another step in his recovery from a knee injury in a bid to be fit for Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford on April 7.

Alexander-Arnold is increasing his workload at the club’s AXA training centre during the international break.

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said the Premier League visit to Manchester United is a realistic target. More optimistically, Alexander-Arnold is looking at a home game against Sheffield United three days earlier.

The full-back has been missing since early February after aggravating a previous injury.

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