The Reds were beaten to yet another priority target this January in the form of Mohamed Salah, who turned down a move to Anfield to sign for Premier League rivals Chelsea.
As the Liverpool boss will willingly inform you, these things often happen in the crazy world of the transfer market – in fact, it happened twice to Brendan Rodgers back in the summer.
But the question remains why the Merseysiders refused to meet FC Basel’s valuation of £11million for the 21 year-old winger, who claimed the Swiss Super League’s Player of the Year award last season, when a matter of days later they were willing to fork out £15million on Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Rodgers was obviously very keen on the Egypt international, who dons a prolific record of 15 goals in 26 appearances for his country, at one point dubbing him Liverpool’s only likely January signing.
And being a wideman of just 21 years, Salah would have been the perfect fit for a young and ambitious Liverpool squad that are currently struggling for quality on the flanks.
It seemed that the Reds were willing to pay £8million for the Super League star, but viewed the extra £3million as too much of a risk.
That lead to the whole deadline day Konoplyanka wild goose chase however, and the African prodigy eventually opting to join Chelsea, and it would made far more sense for Rodgers to have wrapped the Salah deal up early, even if it came at extra cost.