Watkins joined the Villans from Brentford last summer, and he has been a revelation for them, scoring 14 goals from 33 games.
While his goal tally is not spectacular, he has been a strong presence for them upfront, and has impressed with his link-up play.
According to Football Insider, the Reds have their sights on signing a new striker with the struggles of Roberto Firmino.
Watkins has scored four goals against the Reds this term, and that includes a stellar hat-trick in the 7-2 hammering in October.
Watkins perfectly fits the requirement, but it is unclear whether the Villans will entertain the prospect of selling him.
Watkins was purchased for a club-record £28m fee, and they may not be tempted to sell unless a significant bid is made.
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