Liverpool are believed to be interested in signing Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge, but will have to sell in order to raise significant funds.

The Reds put in an impressive display against champions Manchester City on Sunday, two defensive errors costing them all three points, but it seems manager Brendan Rodgers would still like to add another striker to the squad.

Rodgers had intimated last week that he would like to bring two new players to the squad and he has already landed one in Nuri Sahin.

Daniel Sturridge
Sturridge is wanted by Liverpool [Reuters]

However, a report in the Daily Mirror suggests that Liverpool would now be prepared to offload two midfielders, Stewart Downing and Charlie Adam, in order to raise funds for a potential bid for Sturridge.

Neither Downing nor Adam were involved in the 2-2 draw with City and it seems as though Rodgers would prefer to use youngster Jonjo Shelvey who was brought on to replace the injured Lucas Leiva.

Shelvey impressed with an assured display which has led to further speculation about the future of Adam who has struggled to force his way into the first team under Rodgers.

Downing is another who has struggled to adapt to life on Merseyside as he finished last season without a single league goal to his name.

The Mirror believes that by selling the duo, Rodgers will be able to make an offer of £15million to Chelsea as they look to lure Sturridge away from Stamford Bridge.

The England international has seen Chelsea employ a system with just one lone striker in Fernando Torres who is supported by attacking midfielders such as Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar.

Sturridge was left frustrated after the arrival of Roberto di Matteo last season who limited his opportunities in the first team.

Chelsea are short of options when it comes to out-and-out forwards after Didier Drogba left in the summer, while Romelu Lukaku was sent to West Brom on a season-long loan.

The Mirror believes that Chelsea are aware of the interest in Sturridge, however, they may be reluctant to allow the striker to join Liverpool as it would leave them short of options.