Udinese full-back Andrea Dossena hopes the rumours suggesting he is set to sign for Liverpool eventually come to fruition.
The 26-year-old, who is believed to be valued in the region of £8million, is also being linked with switches to Fiorentina and Juventus, but the Reds are currently favourites to land the left-back.
"Liverpool are a famous team and it's good to be mentioned with them," said Dossena. "I want to play in the Champions League and Liverpool are a side that have won it and reach the late stages often.
"They are one of the famous names in Europe - comparable with the biggest teams in Italy. In England I think Liverpool are Manchester United's equal - they can rival them."
Udine coach, Pasquale Marino, believes the defender will eventually move to Anfield, saying earlier this month: "I think that a deal with Liverpool for Dossena is on the way.
"Everything is going smoothly. The requirements are in place and the player has given his consent, because he wants to test himself at an important club after the season he has had."
Dossena moved to the Friuli in the summer of 2005, having also played in Serie A for both Verona and Treviso, while he has also won one cap for Italy.