Report - Liverpool to target Bertrand if the don't land Moreno

Ryan Bertrand

Rodgers knows Bertrand well, but hopes for Moreno deal to reach successful conclusion

Liverpool's alternative to Alberto Moreno is Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

Moreno has been one of Liverpool's key targets this summer for the Reds as they look to build on last season's second place finish and prepare for life back in the Champions League, but Sevilla's asking price for the 21-year-old defender is believed to be a stumbling block, as they want in excess of £20 million for the defender.

There have been reports from Spain that the deal is nearing completion, but reports from the British press suggesting that Liverpool are prepared to look elsewhere.

One man who has been linked with Liverpool is Ricardo Rodriguez but the Liverpool Echo report says it is unlikely he will be targeted given that the Swiss international's club, Wolfsburg, would want £30 million for the 21-year-old.

Marcos Rojo of Sporting Lisbon has been mentioned, and he is a possibility, but despite reports that a move may have broken down for Moreno, the Reds are said to be still keen to conclude the deal successfully.

If that deal does fall through, landing Bertrand could be equally as difficult as Liverpool may become a victim of their own success last season, as it is unlikely that Chelsea would want to sell to a team competing against them towards the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will probably want to rely on his relationship with both Bertrand and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to complete such a deal. The links with Bertrand have been occurring since the last January transfer window, prior to the 24-year-old moving to Aston Villa on loan.

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