Italian keeper Mattia Perin's agent has confirmed that the 22-year-old is a target for Liverpool, admitting he has had talks with the club.

Perin, who spent the latter part of his youth career at Genoa before moving into the senior squad in 2010, would beef up a defensive line-up that has been widely criticised at Anfield this season.

Brendan Rodgers is believed to be unsure about Simon Mignolet being the number one keeper and the Liverpool manager was reportedly seeking out possible competition for the Belgian in the upcoming transfer window.

Perin's agent Moreno Roggi revealed there has been contact over his client from the side and also said that the Italy international would be happy to move away from his home country.

"There has been contact with Liverpool," he said, according to Metro.

"For Perin I can only imagine a future abroad. I would like him to remain in Italy, but only clubs from abroad can afford him.

"England? It's a possibility."

English press put the keeper at a valuation of £12m, making him expensive for a keeper, but his performances for Genoa lately have been brilliant with the side currently third in the Serie A table.

They face the possibility of competing for a Champions League place next season but Liverpool's position in the competition is currently under threat after they exited the tournament last week in the midst of a 1-1 draw with Basel.

The club's showings this season have been in stark contrast with the campaign before, where they challenged for the title until the last minutes in May.

It's likely that Brendan Rodgers will have to reconsider his line-up in the lead-up to January with his summer signings failing to live up to their billing and Mignolet displaying inconsistent performances of late.