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Liverpool are hoping to capitalise on Ryan Bertrand’s frustration at Chelsea by making a bid to sign him on a permanent deal in January.

Bertrand’s career has taken a downturn since he agreed a new five-year deal in September 2012, which came four months after he made his Champions League debut when they won the final against Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old has made just three appearances this season, two of which were in the Capital One Cup, and has seen right back Cesar Azpilicueta picked to replace first choice Ashley Cole at left back as the latter has struggled to recover from a rib injury.

Liverpool are keen to sign a left back as Jose Enrique has been ruled out for at least two months after having surgery on a knee injury.

Coach Brendan Rodgers knows Bertrand, who joined Chelsea’s Academy from Gillingham in 2006, well having worked with him during his time as manager of the club’s reserves.

Rodgers has already been able to benefit from the time he spent at Stamford Bridge as the close bond he’d previously forged with Daniel Sturridge helped persuade the striker to move to Anfield for deal worth in excess of £15m in January.

Sturridge was in a similar position to Bertrand at Chelsea, but is now thriving under Rodgers with 22 goals in 30 appearances and has played a major part in lifting them to second in the League table.

Chelsea also agreed to let Victor Moses join Liverpool on loan in August, but may have second thoughts of strengthening their squad further given that they’re now a potential rival for the title and a top four place.

Cardiff, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest, where Bertrand enjoyed a period on loan three years ago, are also interested.

Chelsea have still to decide whether they will hand Cole another 12-month extension, but even though he is coming toward the latter stage of his career, are looking elsewhere for a permanent replacement.

Southampton starlet Luke Shaw is on their wish-list, as well as Sevilla’s impressive 21-year-old Alberto Moreno.

Under former coach Roberto Di Matteo, Bertrand’s performances earned him England recognition with two caps against Italy and Ukraine last year, but his lack of regular first team football means he has been ignored by coach Roy Hodgson.

It has also led to him falling behind Shaw and Arsenal’s Kieran Gibb’s as back-up options for the World Cup next summer should Cole or Leighton Baines suffer from injury or severe loss of form.

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