Good news for Liverpool from Ukraine?! - One time €10m striker target reveals plans

Dieumerci Mbokani

While Yevhen Konoplyanka is going nowhere, former target Dieumerci Mbokani could be on the move.

Last night saw Liverpool receive nothing good from Ukraine.

They toiled throughout the day, with chief executive Ian Ayre travelling to the troubled country, in an attempt to prise away Dnipro Dniproprovetsk star player Yevhen Konoplyanka.

Now while it was enjoyable watching various different people struggle to say his name on Sky Sports News that was perhaps the only enjoyment Liverpool fans got from the ordeal.

When the deadline shut it was confirmed he had completed a medical and a deal was ‘close-ish’ according to sources at the club.

But no deal was completed and although Konoplyanka will be in England soon enough, it will be to play Tottenham in the Europa League for Dnipro.

So news from Ukraine has been generally negative for Liverpool fans today.

However - we can bring you a little chink of light from the East.

Dieumerci Mbokani banged in the goals for Anderlecht in 2012-13 and was being linked heavily with Liverpool - as well as the likes of Newcastle United, West Brom and Everton in the summer.

But in the end no deal was agreed and he moved to Dynamo Kiev for €10 million in July.

He has since scored 10 goals in 22 games for the club - but has also become disillusioned with their squad rotation policy - of which he often finds himself falling foul.

Today he has been speaking about being happy at Dynamo - but also made it clear this is not where he envisages ending his career:

“I want to continuously play, score goals and help this team to achieve their goals. Now I'm happy at Dinamo, I was always happy, but in the future I would like to try my hand at one of the top European clubs. And for this it is necessary to prove myself here.”

At 28-years-old he will not want to be hanging around in Kiev much longer - and Liverpool could certainly use some supporting cast up front for leading men Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge - come the summer Mbokani might just get that move.

It is not a lot but at least there is some hope from Ukraine this morning after last night’s Konoplyanka affair.

image: © radio okapi

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