Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the club's interest in Fabio Borini but doesn't expect Liverpool to allow him to leave on loan in January.
Borini, 23, rejected numerous offers to leave Merseyside during the summer transfer window in a bid to force himself into Brendan Rodgers' first-team plans.
But, despite the absence of Daniel Sturridge, who has not played for the club since the end of August due to injury, the Italian has not been handed those chances, having played just 118 minutes in the league this season.
While Inter are keen on discussing a move with Liverpool, Ausilio anticipates the club will block attempts for a loan deal, an approach they took during the summer transfer window.
"I love Borini and he has features that there aren't in our team, but Liverpool don't give him on loan on favourable terms," Ausilio said.
"If things were to change we will try for him in January because I really like Borini."
Sunderland were keen to sign Borini in the summer after his impressive loan spell at the Stadium of Light last term. But the ex-Chelsea and Roma forward resisted such a move, preferring to fight for a starting role at Liverpool.
In Sturridge's absence, Rodgers' other options up front of Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert have failed to register a league goal, with the latter still yet to get off the mark following his move from Southampton.
Following Borini's impressive performance in the 2-1 win over Swansea in the Capital One Cup, Rodgers suggested he was prepared to reward the Italian with a role against Newcastle United on Saturday 1 November
He said last week: "With Daniel Sturridge out, it is a miss but it gives opportunities to others. Fabio Borini was outstanding the other night."
Borini failed to start the game but did come off the bench with 25 minutes remaining to make just his fifth appearance of the season. However, he was unable to prevent the Reds suffering their fourth loss of the season.