Liverpool are watching Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia.
The France international was one of the most coveted players in Europe prior to signing for the wealthy French club from Sevilla in 2013.
Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris St Germain were all keen.
He had an initial dip in form after his move but has since kicked on again and has impressed Liverpool scouts in Europe and the French league this season.
The 22-year-old was key to Monaco’s Champions League victory over Arsenal, particularly in their first leg performance at The Emirates and is back on the radar of other big clubs.
Kondogbia has represented France three times and has made 23 appearances for Monaco this season.
Liverpool’s budget and attraction will hinge on qualification for the Champions League which Brendan Rodgers admits looks slim. They remain in the frame for James Milner and Danny Ings.
The English duo’s contacts are set to expire at the end of the season with neither player looking likely to extend their current deals.
Milner would be available for nothing should he decide to leave Manchester City, while a compensation fee would have to be agreed between Liverpool and Burnley for Ings because of his age.