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Anfield side keen on underused Stamford Bridge duo.

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will hope that his positive relationship with Chelsea will aid him in his push to land a pair of Blues youngsters as he seeks to strengthen his Anfield squad.

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CaughtOffside understands that the Northern Irishman will discuss the possibility of bringing wide-man Ryan Bertrand and young Belgian Kevin de Bruyne, two players Rodgers rates highly and a pair of talents who at present play a very limited role at Chelsea.

Rodgers is open to bringing in the duo on loan moves though is keen to sign both players on a permanent basis.

Liverpool loaned in Victor Moses from the West London club over the summer but the Nigerian has struggled with form and fitness and is unlikely to be a player Rodgers will look to sign at the end of the season.

24 year old England international Bertrand has made just one Premier League start this season and Mourinho’s decision to use Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back, having frozen out Ashley Cole after a number of average displays, was perhaps a sign that his Blues career has stagnated.

Rodgers wants Bertrand to come in and boost his wide defensive options with Jose Enrique struggling with a long term injury and loaned in Frenchman Aly Cissokho looking inconsistent.

Bertrand can also play further up on the left-hand side and is a player Rodgers knows well from his time as both youth team and reserve team coach at Chelsea.

Brendan Rodgers is also looking to bring in some added creativity to his midfield and hopes to lure 22 year old attacker Kevin de Bruyne to Merseyside with the promise of a better shot of securing regular first team football than if he were to remain at Chelsea.

De Bruyne performed wonderfully well during his season long loan spell at Werder Bremen last term, form that helped secure a first team berth at Chelsea. However the youngster has failed to win Mourinho over and has made just two Premier League starts this season, the last of which was way back in late August.

Rodgers would be keen to bring in the pair in January but the success of such a move would depend on Chelsea’s willingness to do business with a genuine title contender in the middle of the current campaign.

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