Liverpool have emerged as strong favourites to sign experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill after the England international has fallen heavily down the pecking order under new interim manager Guus Hiddink since his arrival, according to the Daily Star.

It has been a surprise to see Cahill find first-team chances in Chelsea’s side so difficult as of late, given their underwhelming campaign so far and their league position.

Hiddink has opted to start the majority of his games since the beginning of his second tenure at the club with the defensive duo of Kurt Zouma and captain John Terry, with the young Frenchman impressing.

However, as good an option as Cahill is within the Chelsea squad, he is a player of high international prestige and will be looking to cement his position as one of England’s best centre-backs; a job that may only be achievable if he seeks a move elsewhere.

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Cahill has only played 12 out of the 23 Premier League games this season, a stat that the powerful defender will look to change in the near future.

Cahill has been an integral part of Chelsea’s squad since 2012 and it would be a surprise, but an understandable move, to see him join a Premier League rival this month.