Liverpool offered Fulham the chance to sign Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique as part of an attempted deal to bring Clint Dempsey to Anfield, The Daily Mail claim.
The United States international was a summer-long target for Brendan Rodgers, but in the end the attacker moved to Tottenham after the Reds failed to meet the Craven Cottage club’s asking price.
It is believed that the Merseysiders’ owners Fenway Sports Group would not offer the Northern Irish manager any additional transfer funds, and as such the coach tried to broker a deal using the exchange of players.
A deal to trade Henderson was initially discussed before the England international midfielder rejected the chance to move to Fulham, but it has emerged that Downing and Enrique were also used as pawns in Rodgers’ attempts to sign Dempsey.
The failure to land the American has left the Reds short in attack, with only Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez left for Rodgers to pick from after the loan of Andy Carroll to West Ham.