[football] direct news understands that Liverpool have fallen behind in their interest of Colombian striker Luis Muriel, allowing AC Milan to make a summer swoop. AC Milan have made initial plans to make a summer move for the Udinese striker should they be forced to sell Mario Balotelli, yet claims that English side Liverpool are also interested could have halted those plans. The 22-year-old striker has found playing time hard to come by with Udinese this season in Serie A, mainly down to a row with manager Francesco Guidolin and the Colombian is fully expect to leave the club this summer. Muriel, who has been capped five times by his national side is valued at around 15m but [FDN] understands that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will look elsewhere for a back-up striker. The Reds are the talk of the Premier League this season and have an abundance of goals through striker pair Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez. Yet, Rodgers is keen to add a back-up, just in case injuries or suspensions cause either of the aforementioned trouble. Whilst, Muriel was once linked, it is now understood that Liverpool will look at a cheaper option and allow the likes of Milan to make a move. Watch Arsenal v Man City Saturday or Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspurs Sunday. 24 hour Sky Sport Day pass for only 9.99. No contract.