Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant is undergoing a medical at Liverpool and is expected to complete a £6.2m move later today.
The former England Under-21 international is expected to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Switzerland after the deal has been finalised.
The England Under-21 international, who joined Birmingham for £3m, joins Wales striker Craig Bellamy at Anfield as Benitez’s second major signing of the summer.
The midfielder has attracted his fair share of controversy in his career. In 2005 he served 21 days in jail after being found guilty of drink driving while banned and having no insurance. He was serving a 16-month ban at the time.
Also last year it was reported that Birmingham sent the player home from training after he turned up under the influence of alcohol.
In 2003, Pennant was sent home from an England Under-21 training camp for breaking a curfew.