Anfield club miss out on talented Japan international.
A report in Italy claims that CSKA Moscow playmaker is set to move to SS Lazio in the current transfer window, meaning Liverpool will miss out on his signature.
The Merseyside club had long been linked with a move for the Japan international, particularly after his inspired performances at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but the move never materialised.
Now it seems that he will move to Rome, with a switch to the sky blue half of the Stadio Olimpico on the cards.
Calcio Mercato suggest that he will join Lazio this month for a fee of around €14m (approximately £11.7m), and should it go ahead it would make the Roman club a hugely exciting side to watch.
Strikers Miroslav Klose and Djibril Cisse offer different qualities up front for the team, with the former deadly in aerial situations, and the latter especially dangerous because of his pace.
With a player such as Honda behind them able to offer guile and creativity in equal measure, Lazio could well push to reach that coveted third UEFA Champions League spot in the second half of the season.
If Lazio were able to secure Honda’s services for such a fee, it might suggest that bargains are indeed found in the January transfer window – contrary to popular belief.