Liverpool target Emerson Palmieri has ruled out moving to Anfield, insisting he has no intention of leaving Roma.

The left-back, who was born in Brazil but switched allegiances to Italy in March, has attracted interest from the Reds and reports in October claimed Jurgen Klopp had identified the 23-year-old as a target ahead of the January transfer window.

However, Palmieri, who has just returned to action after suffering an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in May, has said he is happy in the Eternal City despite interest from Liverpool, Juventus and Inter Milan.

"I have heard that clubs such as Inter Milan and Liverpool are seeking to sign me," the Brazilian was quoted saying by The Sun.

"But I am under contract with Roma. I am flattered by stories such as these.

"However, I want to stay here in Rome. I am happy here."

The news comes just a week after reports in Italy suggested Roma were ready to accept a £22m offer for the defender.

The Giallorossi have made a strong start to their Serie A campaign and currently sit in fourth place, seven points adrift league leaders Napoli but with a game in hand.

In the Champions League, the Italians trail Chelsea by two points in Group C and a draw at home against Qarabag on Tuesday (5 December) will be enough for them to qualify, provided Atletico Madrid do not beat Chelsea.

"Roma have a great squad, with everyone good enough to start matches," he added.

"There are so many close-fought games, and it is vital for us to have a well-stocked squad. We can compete till the very end for the title.

"I'm not yet 100% fit, but I am working to get there. I want to play, but the manager will decide if I am ready or not."

Liverpool continue to have problems at left-back with Alberto Moreno's brief renaissance in recent weeks halted after a disappointing performance against former club Sevilla in the Champions League last month.

The Reds spent £10m to sign Andy Robertson from Hull City in the summer, but the Scotland international has been limited to just three appearances all season.

Klopp is desperate to bolster his defensive options over the next two transfer windows, as Liverpool have already conceded 18 goals in the Premier League this season, more than any other team currently in the top seven on the table.