Liverpool have seen an enquiry for defender Robert Huth rejected by Stoke City, according to Sky Sports.
Stoke have repeatedly insisted they want to keep their former Chelsea centre back and have slapped a £10 million price tag on his head.
Liverpool have struggled so far this season and are currently looking for both defensive and attacking reinforcements in this month’s transfer window.
Daniel Agger has already revealed he is ready to quit Anfield in order to get more regular first team football and Liverpool will make a replacement their second priority – behind a new partner for Fernando Torres.
With Roy Hodgson’s job as Liverpool manager on the line, director of football strategy Damian Comolli has been placed in charge of incoming and outgoing transfers.
And the Frenchman has made a firm enquiry for Huth, who would give Liverpool’s back four some much needed steel, but were rebuffed and told to significantly raise their offer.