LIVERPOOL are looking to cut short Nuri Sahin’s season-long loan spell.
The Turkey midfielder joined the Reds from Real Madrid back in August but has struggled to make an impression at Anfield.
Sahin hasn’t started a Premier League match since November’s draw at Chelsea and was left out of the squad for last weekend’s FA Cup tie against Mansfield.
Liverpool are able to cancel the loan during the January transfer window but only with the agreement of both Sahin and Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants don’t want to recall him but are understood to be frustrated by his lack of game time and would be happy to see him move to another club this month.
With Sahin desperate to get the regular first-team football he craved after an injury-plagued first year with Real, it appears increasingly unlikely that he will move on.
His former club Borussia Dortmund, who sold him to Real for £10million in the summer of 2011, want to take him back to Germany until the end of the season, but his wages are a potential stumbling block.
Sahin, who snubbed an offer from Arsenal prior to joining Liverpool on loan last summer, enjoyed a promising start to his Reds career.
He followed up two goals in the League Cup win at West Brom with another against Norwich in the league in September.
However, his performances went swiftly downhill as he looked ill at ease with the pace and physical nature of English football.
Sahin was handed a rare start away to Udinese in the Europa League last month but was forced off early on and needed surgery on a broken nose.
He was fitted with a protective face mask to enable him to get back playing but his services haven’t been required.
The return to fitness of Lucas Leiva has knocked him down the pecking order with fellow central midfielders Steven Gerrard, Joe Allen, Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson also getting the nod ahead of him.
In total Sahin has made 12 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, scoring three goals.
Meanwhile, Rodgers says the signing of striker Daniel Sturridge, coupled with Fabio Borini’s comeback from injury, will allow him to rotate his forward line in the second half of the season.
Italian frontman Borini is now back in training after three months out with a broken foot.
“Other clubs have the depth to bring people off the bench and make an impact,” said Rodgers.
“We have been unable to do that in the opening months of the season, which gives incredible credit to the players who have kept us going until now.
“We have Daniel here now and will have Fabio fit soon and that will give us that spark.
“Hopefully over the years Fabio can develop into a top performer which I think he can be.”