Having missed out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it was speculated that Liverpool's pursuit of a glamour signing may have passed them by.
And then Anzhi Machachkala announced their intention to scale down their big spending project in Russia, slashing costs by a third and putting several stars up for sale.
Three have already been sold, and speculation over the future of January signing Willian is hotting up.
The Brazilian has been linked with Liverpool most strongly over the past 48 hours, and has admitted in an interview with ESPN Brasil that he would welcome such a switch.
He said: "Now I'm hoping, of course, in the coming days to receive an offer from a club like Liverpool. If even Liverpool, it sure is a great club. I am hopeful and peaceful hoping for the best."
Willian is not a player hung up on Champions League football, which Liverpool cannot offer. He walked away from Shakhtar Donetsk mid-campaign to sign for Anzhi, who were not in the competition.
He even admits it is his dream to play in the Premier League and enhance his international ambitions.
"I love the Premier League, much like the style of English football, and certainly if it happens will be good for me, for my image. I'll grow professionally, it's a World Cup year and surely this will be a showcase for me."
Discussing the price Anzhi could charge for his signature, he said: "He (owner Suleyman Kerimov) warned us. Not wanting to give anyone for free, but made it clear that getting good an offer, an offer that at least comes close to the values that he bought the players for sure it would help, will help players go. Surely get an offer good for them, will release, if not get will not release. That's it."
Anzhi paid £30 million for the Brazilian in January, who went on strike in an effort to clinch a late move from Shakhar.
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