Liverpool latest: World Cup midfielder admits wanting to join Liverpool in January

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FA reveal reason for lenient Balotelli ban

The recent one match ban for Mario Balotelli just added to the Italian's torrid time on Merseyside so far, but now the FA have revealed why the ban was so lenient after his racial Instagram post.

"He said that he was shocked to find the image was offensive because, out of sheer naivety, he had not understood the implication of the comments which appeared on the image," a statement read.

"We were not influenced by the submissions regarding comparative cases but we believed that the other parts of Mr Balotelli's submissions were sincere and entirely honest.

"We also noted his prompt withdrawal of the image, his co-operation with the FA inquiry and his apology through social media," the FA added.

Nigerian midfielder wants Anfield switch

Having been linked with a move to Liverpool for around a year, Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has admitted that he wouldn't be able to say no to the Reds should they bid for him during next month's transfer window.

"If the opportunity to go to Liverpool presented itself to me I could not say no," Onazi said. "We’re talking about a big club, and I’ve always wanted to play in England."

"The transfer window hasn’t opened yet, and there will be a lot of offers from all over the world but it’s a complicated situation," he added.

Onazi, 21, represented Nigeria at this summer's World Cup, and has earned plaudits in Italy for his energetic displays in midfield.

Can eyed up for international spot

Despite not being a big part of Liverpool's side this season, former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can has earned admiring glances from his national team boss.

Joachim Loew, who guided Germany to the World Cup trophy just months ago, has reportedly placed 20-year-old Can on a list of players he wants to use at Euro 2016.

Much will hinge on whether Can plays in the Liverpool first team though, as currently he's behind the likes of Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard in the pecking order.

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