Liverpool are still hoping to persuade Ivan Rakitic to join them rather than move to Atletico Madrid this summer. The Croatian midfielder, currently plying his trade at Sevilla, is reported to have a verbal agreement in place to join Atletico this summer. However, Liverpool, along with Spanish giants Real Madrid are hoping to dissuade the 26-year-old midfielder from joining Atletico in favour of them. Rakitic has been in fine form for Sevilla this season and became the first player to reach double figures for both goals and assists. Rakitic has racked up 11 goals and 10 assists so far this season for Sevilla in La Liga.[football] direct news understands that the Reds are hoping to land Rakitic alongside left-back Alberto Moreno in a double swoop. Manager Brendan Rodgers is looking to build a deeper squad for next season’s expected Champions League campaign, with a left-back and midfielders high on his agenda. Moreno had been expected to join Real this summer but the player’s agent recently stated that there has been no such approach so far.