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Liverpool are giving serious consideration to making a move for Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand as Brendan Rodgers attempts to fill the club's left-back position.
Bertrand is ready to leave Stamford Bridge this summer in search of regular first-team football after nine years with the club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is a long-term admirer of Bertrand after working with him previously at the Chelsea academy and the 24-year-old has emerged as a serious alternative to Sevilla's Alberto Moreno.
The Spanish left-back was one Rodgers' principal targets at the beginning of the summer but Liverpool are reluctant to meet Sevilla's asking price, after the La Liga side demanded a deal in excess of £20million for the 21-year-old defender.
Bertrand would be rather more affordable at around £8m and the player is understood to be keen on a move to a club playing Champions League football.
Rodgers will also step up his pursuit of Southampton's Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, with a £15m bid expected to be lodged in the coming weeks.