Furthermore, Italian publication TMW insisted a representative from Merseyside traveled to Croatia to watch Kovacic in action as his nation took on Italy over the weekend.
The interest in the player has been well documented but neither club nor player had commented on the links until the Inter star was questioned directly on his future during a Sunday media session.
"For now, I’m still happy in Italy but we’ll see about the future. I only know that I’m due back at Appiano Gentile on July 5. That’s why I haven’t heard anyone from the club yet," he explained.
"There’s no need for us to talk, I recently renewed my contract. I’m not expecting any further notifications but, of course, you never know with the transfer market."
Should he make a typically protracted move to Anfield, Kovacic wold become the Reds’ fourth summer signing following the arrivals of James Milner, Danny Ings and shot-stopper Adam Bogdan.
Boss Brendan Rodgers needs to strengthen the Reds’ midfield ranks this summer, with his current selection full of endeavour but arguably lacking that technical ability which Kovacic possesses.
The 21-year-old made a total of 35 Serie A appearances last season, averaging an impressive 1.8 key passes and 2.6 successful dribbles per league encounter.