Liverpool are considering a move for Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge, according to the Daily Star. The 22 year old is understood to be unhappy with the lack of first-team opportunities at west London and also with his current role as an impact substitute on the wings. The youngster has stated several times earlier that he sees himself as the main striker.
The report says new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is planning to test Chelsea's resolve with a bid for the England international. However, the Reds could face competition as Manchester City are reportedly interested in bringing their academy product back to the Etihad. Citizens boss Roberto Mancini is an admirer of Sturridge and earlier spoke of his disappointment the player was sold before he took over as manager.
Sturridge, who joined Chelsea from City in 2009, was the Blues' joint top scorer in the league last season with 11 goals.
Meanwhile, Joey Barton has criticised England boss Roy Hodgson's decision to include Jordan Henderson in his 23-man squad for Euro 2012. The Liverpool midfielder was originally in the standby list for the tournament. He made it to the final squad after Chelsea's Frank Lampard was ruled out for the campaign with a thigh injury.
The controversial QPR player believes Henderson's selection left every other English midfielder feeling aggrieved and also insisted that on accounts of ability, Barton himself was a contender for a place in the Euro squad.
"Why are people giving me loads about England [call-up] saying 'can't get in squad etc'. On ability I walk in the squad, on behaviour I don't. If Henderson got in, any Englishman not currently in the squad has to feel aggrieved. Yes, I wish I was there but I'm not," the 29 year old tweeted.
"Everyones thinking it [but] I'll say it. Liverpool have [had an] horrific season and have six players in our Euro squad. What chance do we have. Pick on form," the former City player added.
Barton, who won an England cap against Spain in 2007, was handed a 12 match ban by the Football Association last month, for two counts of violent conduct after being sent off during QPR's defeat at City on the final game of last season.