Having seen them pinch both Gyfli Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey from under their noses last season, the last thing that Liverpool will want to hear is the speculation that Tottenham Hotspur are now taking an interested in Tom Ince, a player who seemed certain to join the Reds this summer.
The 21-year-old has been open about his desire to play in the top flight, and having recently beaten Wilfried Zaha to the young player of the year in the Championship it is not surprising that other teams are prepared to challenge Liverpool for his services.
One way that Spurs might try to tip the odds in their favour in the transfer battle is to outbid Liverpool, who have so far been set on paying around £4 million for Ince. There has been speculation that Blackpool rate Ince at around £8 million, and if Liverpool are not prepared to pay that, there will be other teams that are.
Spurs could be one of those sides, as they look to add cover to their attacking midfield. With Gareth Bale now sauntering infield at any opportunity, there is a spot on the left side of Spurs' attack that they have so far only been able to fill by displacing central midfielders like Sigurdsson and Holtby.
Ince would be a more natural player in that position, and ensure that Spurs do not become too narrow when Bale moves infield.
Of course having spent time at Liverpool already Ince might try and force a move to Anfield as his preference, but the recent signing of Philippe Coutinho and the Brazilian's impressive start to life in England might make him worry about his chances of a first team place.
Liverpool are rightly still favourites to sign Ince, but having been stung by Spurs over Sigurdsson and Dempsey they will be very wary about missing out on another signing.
Blackpool are likely to be the biggest winners here, as having at least two big Premiership teams bidding for the same player will only see his price rise.
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