Liverpool will challenge Manchester United for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes in January. The Daily Mail says Liverpool are now ready to grasp the initiative, with Rodgers poised to ask for the necessary funding to land Derby's England Under 21 midfielder when the market opens again.

Derby may demand as much as £15million for the 18-year old, and while Liverpool will try and negotiate that down towards single figures, Rodgers will urge his board to pull out all the stops to bring him to Anfield.

Though United have carefully monitored Hughes's progress this season, there are some misgivings within Old Trafford about the likely asking price and whether his slight build might count against him.

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