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Liverpool target Modibo Diakite is waiting for the Barclays Premier League club to make a move for him.
Diakite has decided not to sign a contract extension with Lazio, and besides Liverpool, has been linked with a move to fellow Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Brendan Rodgers is keen to beef up his options at the back, with retirement on the horizon for veteran defender Jamie Carragher.
Moreover, Liverpool's rearguard has been porous, conceding 28 goals in the Premier League this season.
Italian football site Forza Italian Football reports that despite Lazio president Claudio Lotito proposing a salary increase from £625,000 a year to £659,000 plus bonuses, Diakite is not interested and he is adamant that he wants to leave.
Diakite is a free agent as of the summer. He has been at Lazio since August 2006.