Liverpool are reportedly considering a loan bid for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge in the January transfer window. The deal is expected to include an option to make the transfer permanent at the end of the season, should the 23 year old impress Brendan Rodgers.
The Blues value Sturridge at £15m but Rodgers is believed to be unwilling to spend so much on the player unless he is sure he fits the Reds' style of play. In addition, Sturridge has only 18 months left on his present contract and considering he is unlikely to sign an extension with the Stamford Bridge club, Roberto Di Matteo may be willing to consider negotiating any proposed transfer fee.
The Anfield club have been linked with both Sturridge and Arsenal's Theo Walcott this summer, as Rodgers looks for options up front to cover for Italy international Fabio Borini's broken foot and provide competition for Uruguayan Luis Suarez. The 25 year old former Ajax player is now the only recognised striker at the club, following the loan of England's Andy Carroll to West Ham United.
Henderson Slams Serbia Fans
Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, who was on duty with the England U21 side in Serbia, has criticised the country's fans over racial abuse and the post-match physical violence. The Reds youngster, who was the captain of the side for the game in Krusevac, also admitted he wanted UEFA to deal with the matter strongly.
"There was a lot of racist abuse out there from the stands and a lot going on after the game, which is hard to take for the players. The players coped with the abuse really well. It's not nice, they kept their heads and were professional. I thought our players were brilliant and conducted themselves very well. There was also stones, coins and seats getting thrown at us. I didn't understand why Danny Rose was sent off at the end. Uefa must deal with this in the right way," he told the English FA's official Web site.
England U21 beat Serbia U21 1-0 on the night (2-0 on aggregate) to qualify for UEFA's European U21 Championships, to be held in Israel next year.