Jason Steele

Liverpool are reportedly planning a move for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele in January.

It is understood that Brendan Rodgers wants another talented shot-stopper at Anfield to provide cover for Pepe Reina and competition for Brad Jones, with stand-in keepers Peter Gulacsi and Doni not featuring in the Reds manager's long-term plans. And, according to the Daily Mirror, Rodgers is now considering an offer for Steele, when the transfer window opens.

The 22-year-old, who was part of the Team GB squad for London 2012, has made around 90 first-team appearances for Boro so far. Tony Mowbray's side are pushing for promotion to the Premier League but the report claims that a bid of £2m could persuade the Championship side to part company with their No. 1.

Gerrard Slams Linesman

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged match officials to step up to the occasion, after a linesman wrongly deemed Luis Suarez's winner in the Merseyside derby at Everton as offside.

Luis Suarez disallowed goal v Everton

The Uruguayan poked the ball home from a Sebastian Coates's knockdown deep into injury time. However, the referee's assistant controversially ruled it out for offside though replays confirmed that both Coates and Suarez were well onside.

"I've seen it again and we can feel sorry ourselves because it was a clear goal. We should be taking away the three points rather than just one. There is no offside and it's difficult for me to explain it. The only person who can explain it is the linesman," the Telegraph quoted Gerrard.

"I asked him after the game if it was offside and he said 'I think so'. That's not good enough. If every decision in this league is based on 'we think so' then we're in trouble. The linesman got it badly wrong. The benefit of the doubt is supposed to go to the attacking player anyway," the England captain added.