Liverpool have reportedly a £3.5m bid for Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes.

Anfield manager Rafael Benitez wants Morientes to strengthen his team, with Djibril Cisse out for the season with a broken leg.

Morientes is also wanted by Monaco although the prospect of playing of playing under a Spanish coach, clearly appears to the striker.

“To play for Liverpool would please any player and they have a technical coach in Rafa Benitez, who I have always appreciated.

“But there are a lot of things to sort out. I haven’t spoken directly with Benitez but I know Liverpool want me.”

Morientes was the top scorer in last season’s Champions League – while he was on loan at Monaco. But he admits that a return to the prinicpality now looks unlikely.

“I had a good time in Monaco last season but I have not heard anything from them lately,” he added.

“My situation is difficult but Madrid know they must do something about me.”