Gerrard replacement could arrive sooner than expected.
Liverpool could sign James Milner this month if the midfielder does not commit his future to Manchester City, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Milner will be available on a free transfer at the end of the season if he fails to sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.
City want the England international, 29, to put pen to paper on a new four-and-a-half-year deal.
However, if he refuses to sign, the Premier League champions may prefer to sell him for a modest transfer fee during the January window to avoid losing him for nothing.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Milner as an ideal player to be fill the void which will be left by Steven Gerrard’s departure to Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of the season.
Milner is famously versatile.
He has played all across the midfield, as well as at right-back and in attack, during his career with Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa, City and England.
The Yorkshireman has been capped 51 times by England, playing at two World Cups.
City remain hopeful that Milner will stay, but manager Manuel Pellegrini wants things to be wrapped up as soon as possible.