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By Jack Groom

Liverpool have been turned down by Real Madrid forward Mariano in their search for a new striker, reports The Sun.

Jurgen Klopp was keen to bring the attacker to Merseyside on a loan deal until the end of the season, however the Dominican Republic international has opted to stay put and fight for his place at the Santiago Bernabeu.

A host of clubs, including Alaves and Real Betis, were reportedly interested in bringing in the Madrid player, however all have been knocked back in their quest.

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Since his arrival at the club in 2012, Mariano has progressed up through the Real Madrid B and C sides, before eventually making his debut for the first-team this campaign.

Averaging a goal every half of football this season for the Whites (Five goals in 223 minutes), the 23 year-old would have added a much-needed threat to the Reds’ forward-line, especially considering the lack of form of fellow front-men Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

Alas, with the transfer window now ended, Klopp will have to be patient in his hunt to bolster his squad, and wait until the summer to bring in new arrivals.