Liverpool are prepared to battle Arsenal for the signature of Morgan Schneiderlin if they miss out on first choice target Radja Nainggolan.
The Reds are desperate to land the Roma star but are reluctant to match Manchester United's £30 valuation for the player.
And the Express report that Brendan Rodgers will turn to Southampton's Schneiderlin as an alternative if he misses out on the Belgian.
The news will come as a blow to Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, who were thought to be in pole position to sign the Frenchman from the Saints this summer.
Southampton could now orchestrate a bidding war between two of England's most successful clubs if they elect to cash in on their star asset.