The Italian international was previously linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer, after David Moyes missed out on his then principal transfer target Thiago Alcantra who signed for Bayern Munich.

Brendan Rodgers has been coy about Liverpool's transfer plans so far this window, although Basel winger Mohamed Salah has been a name that has cropped up a few times in the past few weeks.

Reports emanating from Italy ascertain Rodgers is an admirer of the 26-year-old, who is holding down a regular first team spot at Lazio.

But a deal could be complicated as the player is jointly owned by with Lazio and their rivals Udinese.