By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Englishman was one of the names on Brendan Rodgers' shopping list in the summer, but an agreement failed to materialize due to Liverpool's preference for a loan deal. However, the Reds were left to regret their decision after Fabio Borini was ruled out with a with a long-term foot injury last month.
As such, Rodgers is desperate to sign an alternative striking option to Luis Suarez in the upcoming transfer window and he intends to capitalize on Sturridge's increasing frustration at a lack of first team football with Chelsea.
The Daily Mail indicates that Liverpool and the Blues have begun negotiations over a January transfer for the 23-year old, although Arsenal's Theo Walcott remains Rodgers' top target. The Liverpool manager also has an eye on Blackpool's Thomas Ince, after deciding that he will not be recalling Andy Carroll from his loan spell at West Ham.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is aware that Liverpool are not the only club hoping to swoop for Walcott's signature in the upcoming window, especially in the wake of the former Southampton man's impressive displays in recent games.
Sources in London report that the Frenchman pleaded with club's directors to improve on the 75,000 pound per week wage deal offered to the winger during a meeting on Monday. Although Arsenal management are believed to be willing to up their proposal to 85,000 pounds per week, it still falls short of Walcott's desired 100,000 pound per week salary expectations.