Liverpool sent scouts to view Genoa defender Andreas Granqvist and are said to be lining up a €6m offer.
There were rumours the Anfield club had emissaries in the stands for Genoa’s 1-1 draw with Palermo on Saturday evening.
The reports now suggest that Liverpool were sufficiently impressed to prepare a €6m January bid for the Swedish international.
He was not their first choice when scouting Serie A for defensive talent, but Torino and Italy star Angelo Ogbonna is considered too expensive at €15m.
Granqvist was already very close to joining Lazio over the summer, but the two clubs could not agree on financial terms.