Liverpool drop interest in Chelsea’s Bertrand

The Anfield club are understood to have made an approach for the England international but are unwilling to meet the left-back’s €70,000-a-week salary demands

By Greg Stobart

Liverpool have dropped their interest in Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand after baulking at the player’s wage demands, Goal understands.

The Reds made an approach to the Londoners for the 23-year-old but were told he would demand a salary package worth more than €70,000-a-week.

Bertrand currently earns €41,000-a-week at Chelsea and is happy at Stamford Bridge having made 38 appearances for the club last season.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers worked with the England international at Chelsea and values his versatility, with Bertrand also comfortable in a midfield role.

But the Reds are no longer pursuing a deal for Bertrand and will look at other options to reinforce their left side ahead of the new season.

Rodgers has already been busy in the transfer market this summer brining in experienced former Arsenal defender Kolo Toure, Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and Liga duo Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto.

The Reds manager, however, is facing a fight to keep hold of star striker Luis Suarez, while Pepe Reina is on the verge of joining former boss Rafael Benitez at Napoli.

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