According to a recent report in The Mirror, Liverpool made an approach for the striker, but it was rebuffed by Southampton.
The Saints are reportedly determined to retain the services of the 28-year-old despite recently signing Charlie Austin from Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
Coventry City winger Stephen Hunt, who played with Long at Reading from 2005 to 2009, believes that one cannot claim that his Irish compatriot is not good enough for Liverpool until he plays for them.
@DietmarHamann do you think the shane long bid is a good idea?— David Wilbraham &Suz (@wilbo1985) January 18, 2016
I like him. Think he would be a good signing. Team lacks bite up front since Suarez left. https://t.co/rNNaciO7gH— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) January 18, 2016
They got enough so called class players who flatter to deceive. Got to learn to grind out results. Long perfect fit https://t.co/eFxQ0xzWEo— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) January 18, 2016
Thanks to all for the messages about reaching 450 games. Hopefully many more to come as I still feel I have a few more years in me.— Stephen Warnock (@StephenWarnock3) January 18, 2016
Long, who has been on the books of Southampton since 2014, has not been in great form this season.
The former West Bromwich Albion and Hull City striker has scored five goals and created 15 chances in 14 Premier League appearances this campaign.