Liverpool have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of signing Tottenham Hotspur midfielder target Ogenyi Onazi after he admitted that he would "jump at the chance" of signing for the Reds.
The Lazio midfielder came up through the ranks of the Italian club's youth system and broke into the first team in 2012. He is attracting interest from clubs from England as Spurs were set to trump Liverpool in signing him in the coming transfer window.
The Mirror claims the Nigerian international has long been a transfer target for the Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and that he even made an attempt to bring him to Anfield. However, the deal did not materialise as he continued with Lazio.
Onazi has admitted the Merseyside club's style of play could suit him and he will not hesitate in signing for Liverpool, if an offer is made available.
"Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer. I could see myself playing for them. I would jump at the chance," the Mirror quoted Onazi as saying.
The 21-year-old midfielder has featured in 28 league games for Lazio this season, scoring one goal and managing two assists.
The former Swansea manager has admitted that he is looking to sign six new players in the summer as Liverpool return to Champions League next season.
A move for Onazi could be on the cards after the Nigerian midfielder publicly expressed his desire to join the Anfield club.
Meanwhile, Rodgers has admitted the dressing room was quiet as the players were devastated after Liverpool's 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace.
The result has seen the Reds sit on top of the table with 81 points from 37 games, leading second place Manchester City, who have a game in hand, by one point.
"It feels like a loss when you're 3-0 up and concede goals like that. As you can imagine, [the dressing room] is very quiet and the players are devastated really because, for 78 minutes, we were outstanding; some of our football and, importantly, our defending, was good," Rodgers said.
"But in those last 12 minutes, we just didn't defend with any sort of cohesion and ended up conceding really poor goals," he added.