​An outrageous report from Spain has contended that Liverpool are set to reinvest their fortune acquired from the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in an audacious swoop for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. 

​Real have endured a torrid ​La Liga campaign thus far, and the Welsh forward is believed to be eyeing a move back to the ​Premier League in the near future.

As reported by (ahem) Don Balón, Liverpool will jump ahead of ​Manchester United and Spurs in the race to sign the former Premier League ace, as ​Real president Florentino Perez looks to form a new attacking trident and sell off the decorated 'BBC'.

Jurgen Klopp, however, has made no mention of Bale as a potential target, nor has the Welshman made any indication of a desire to join the Reds.

Real Madrid pulled off a dramatic, last minute against Leganes in their midweek Copa Del Rey quarter-final clash. Marco Asensio's late goal gave the visitor's a crucial 1-0 first leg lead, as they look to improve on a dire first half of the 2017/18 campaign. Sitting 19 points off league leaders ​Barcelona, Zinedine Zidane's side have all but lost any chance of retaining their title.

The last-gasp win led to some drama on the touchlines, as the ​Leganes kitman earned himself an eight-match ban after launching a foul-mouth tirade at the officials, for what he perceived to be a pro-Real bias. Leganes have never won a major cup competition, and their chances of winning the Copa Del Rey this season are remote after losing the home leg to Los Blancos.

​Liverpool will hope to build upon the momentum gathered from last weekend's thrilling 4-3 victory over ​Manchester City - which saw the Reds end the league leader's hopes of finishing the season unbeaten. The Reds travel to relegation candidates ​Swansea City this weekend, where they will hope to blow away the strugglers with their potent style of attacking football.