Kovacic is a talented central midfielder, capable of pulling the strings from deep and possessing a wonderful passing range in the mould of fellow Croat Luka Modric.
At just 21 years of age, he was making his 21st appearance for the national team against the Italians and put in a solid shift, taking one shot and creating two chances for his teammates.
He would become the Reds’ fourth summer signing if an agreement is reached, following deals for James Milner, Danny Ings and Adam Bogdan, but undoubtedly the most exciting given his potential.
He has earned rave reviews in Serie A over the past few years, with renowned figure Javier Zanetti once labelling him one of the best young players to have represented Inter during his 19 years at the club.
With the impending departure of Steven Gerrard to MLS, a new midfielder was a must for Brendan Rodgers, and in Milner and Kovacic he will have added both graft and guile.
While it’s not all done and dusted just yet, the arrival of Kovacic on Merseyside is seemingly only a matter of time and the mooted transfer fee, as per the Daily Star, could be in the region of €23 million (£16.6m).