Brendan Rodgers will allow Swansea City the first shot on Gylfi Sigurdsson.
The Iceland international impressed for the Swans during a loan spell last season, and a £6.8million fee has been agreed with Hoffenheim for a permanent deal.
However, Rodgers has since left the Liberty Stadium club for Liverpool, and this has led to suggestions that Sigurdsson could now follow him to Merseyside.
But whilst the new Reds boss admits he is a huge admirer of the 22-year-old midfielder, he will allow his former club the chance to complete the signature of the player.
"First and foremost, Gylfi is a Hoffenheim player,” he told Liverpool’s official club site. "I wanted to sign him for Swansea but, that has to be his first port of call.
"If he comes into the market for whatever reason then of course I would like to be in a position to put our case here at Liverpool to sign him.
"But I've always said, I think he's a player Swansea have had an agreement with and they have to have every chance to try and sign him. That's only right.”
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