Lazio president Claudio Lotito has revealed Lazio tried to buy Liverpool striker Fabio Borini this summer but the Reds refused to sell the Italy international.
The 22-year-old sealed a season-long loan move to Sunderland on deadline day after the forward had previously rejected speculation linking him with a return to Serie A.
Lazio president Lotito admitted the Italian side was keen to sign the former Roma man but the Reds wanted Borini to remain in the Premier League.
“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.
On Wednesday, Rodgers explained the reasoning behind the decision to send Borini out on loan to Paolo Di Canio’s side.
“It’s just to get games. He had a stop-start season last year with his injuries and I just felt this year he needed to go and play football,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“With Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suarez, Iago Aspas and some of the other attacking players, that might have been limited.
“I have a real belief in Fabio – he is a talent and we’ve seen that on occasions, but he needs to be playing regularly to demonstrate that talent.
“We had a host of clubs wanting to take him, but with Sunderland having the Italian connection there and being a big club where he can go and play, I’m sure he’ll get the chance to shine and we’ll look closely at his development this year.”