The pathway appears clear for Liverpool to sign Ogenyi Onazi, with the Lazio midfielder having admitted that he would 'jump at the chance' to sign for the Premier League leaders.
The Reds - whose chances of landing their first title in over two decades were dealt a potentially fatal blow following their eventful 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night - were again linked with £10 million-rated Onazi over the weekend, with reports suggesting that they were set to go head-to-head with rivals Tottenham for the player's signature.
"Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer," he was quoted by The Daily Mirror.
"I could see myself playing for them. I would jump at the chance."
A Nigerian international with 18 senior caps to his name already, 21-year-old Onazi joined Serie A outfit Lazio in 2012 following a successful trial at the Stadio Olimpico.
He has made 28 domestic appearances for Edoardo Reja's side this season, notching one solitary goal in the 4-2 defeat to rivals Napoli last month.
Despite Liverpool's hopes of winning the Premier League having seemingly faded, there is little doubt that manager Brendan Rodgers will be on the lookout for new recruits during this summer's transfer market.
And while such a terrible second-half collapse at Selhurst Park further demonstrates the need for serious defensive reinforcement, it seems feasible that Rodgers could be looking to strengthen all areas of his squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.
If indeed Liverpool do intend to swoop for the seemingly affordable Onazi this summer, it appears as if they will have a major advantage over Tottenham with the player obviously keen on such a move.
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