There are some references (for instance in Greenberg & Harper) that consider the universal covering space to be not only simply connected but also locally path connected. This definition seems to me a good one since the so called Lifting Criterion (c.f. Theorem 6.1, Greenberg & Harper), as it is proved in the latter reference, requires the condition of being locally path connected.
However, in most of definitions i see in other places (e.g. online notes, wikipedia, etc...) the universal covering space is only assumed to be simply connected. In this case, i don't know if that Lifting Criterion is still valid and thus, I'm not able to check the universal property of the universal covering space.
What is the most standard definition ? Thanks