Liverpool came close to landing Daniel Sturridge during the summer transfer window before pulling out at the last minute, according to the National.

On a frantic deadline day in which Liverpool allowed Andy Carroll to leave the club on loan the day before, manager Brendan Rodgers was in the market for a replacement forward.

Having been heavily linked with a move for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey, Liverpool made a move for Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, according to the National.

The paper reports that Chelsea were keen to offload Sturridge, with Liverpool in the running for his signature.

The Chelsea forward has found first team action hard to come by this season thanks to the form of Fernando Torres, and has previously hinted he would leave Stamford Bridge if he wasn’t given a chance to prove his worth.

Sturridge appears to be a good fit for Rodger’s system at Anfield as a wide forward, although he has previously insisted he would prefer to play in a more central role.

However the transfer hit a stumbling block when Liverpool insisted they would only take Sturridge to Anfield as part of a season-long loan deal, while Chelsea were keen on a permanent switch.

Liverpool ended deadline day without securing a new striker, leaving them with only Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini as their main attacking options.

With Borini now out of action for up to three months thanks to a broken foot, Liverpool will be hoping Suarez can lead the line without being injured until the winter transfer window opens.

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