Lazio held a real interest in signing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini prior to the close of the transfer window, according to club president Claudio Lotito.
22-year-old Borini, who only arrived on Merseyside last summer following a move from AS Roma, was eventually loaned to Premier League side Sunderland for the remainder of the 2013/14 season on deadline day.
However, with doubts increasing over Borini's future at Anfield, the Liverpool hierarchy clearly intend to persevere with him after Lotito claimed the club refused to offload the Italian international on a permanent basis.
"His name was under consideration, but Liverpool didn't want to sell him outright and they preferred to keep him in the Premiership," Lotito told Corriere dello Sport.
Borini began his career with Premier League title hopefuls Chelsea, joining the club from Bologna in 2007. He enjoyed a very successful loan spell with Swansea during their 2010/11 promotion season under current Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
Despite the Welsh outfit's desire to retain Borini, however, he opted for a move back to his homeland with Lazio's fierce rivals later that summer. After another fine season, Borini linked up with his former boss once again prior to the 2012/13 campaign and became Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager.
His first season at Anfield proved to be a disappointment, however, as inconsistency and persistent injury woes restricted his first-team opportunities.