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Liverpool have reignited their interest in Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand - but are being frustrated in their attempts to wrap up a £8million deal.
The Reds turned their attentions back to the 24-year-old England defender.
Brendan Rodgers had initially targeted Sevilla's Alberto Moreno as the ideal addition to his defensive options but after lengthy negotiations the clubs failed to reach an agreement.
With the La Liga outfit demanding in excess of £20million for the young Spain international, Liverpool have decided to look elsewhere for a left-back.he Reds believe Bertrand, who is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after the Londoners bought Felipe Luiz for £20million from Atletico Madrid, offers much better value.
Rodgers knows the player well having worked with Bertrand during his days at Chelsea's Academy and he also signed the defender on loan when he was at Reading.
Liverpool have offered to meet the £8million valuation but Chelsea have so far rebuffed their advances with them reluctant to sell to a club they view as rivals for the Premier League crown.
It was a similar story back in January when the Reds believed they had a deal in place to bring Bertrand to Anfield.
However, it was vetoed by Chelsea's hierarchy and he ended up spending the rest of the season on loan at Aston Villa.
Bertrand is understood to be desperate to move to Liverpool in search of regular first-team football and the Reds retain hope that he will be granted his wish.
The situation is complicated by the success of Daniel Sturridge at Anfield following his £12million move from Chelsea.
Sturridge has flourished under Rodgers with his value having rocketed and the Londoners fear a repeat with Bertrand.