Liverpool have decided that Manchester City midfielder James Milner is the ideal player to replace Steven Gerrard when he moves to LA Galaxy in the summer, as reported by the Daily Star.
Their heavy interest means that the Anfield club are in prime position to snap up the former Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Leeds United midfielder when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Discussions over a new deal between Milner and City have broken down, and therefore the player is expected to leave the Etihad Stadium in the summer when his deal runs out.
He rejected a deal that he was offered last month, and with no improvement in the offing, he is likely to depart.
With Gerrard set to leave at the end of the season, Liverpool want to take advantage of the situation.
Brendan Rodgers is thought to be a keen fan of Milner, and plans to tempt him to Merseyside with a long term deal.