Liverpool missed out on their top Deadline Day target.
Liverpool ended the transfer window, amazingly, with no additions, despite this transfer window appearing crucial to them kicking on over the final months of the season.
With injuries picked up to Lucas and Daniel Agger, strengthening the squad was in the eyes of many, a priority.
Their top target was said to be Mohamed Salah, who they lost out on to Chelsea, before launching a late attempt to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Managing director Ian Ayre even flew out to Ukraine to try and seal a deal, and by all accounts they were close, but not close enough.
Sources tell me Konoplyanka deal scuppered due to Dnipro owner failing to sign paperwork. Release clause met medical done and terms agreed— Vinny O'Connor (@VinnOConnor) January 31, 2014
Ian Ayre is an easy target. Collapse of this particular deal was not his fault. He was dealing with an impossible owner— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) January 31, 2014
This case, in accordance to reporters from The BBC and SkySports was one where it appears Liverpool did as much as they could to do the deal, at least those are the lines likely being fed from the club.
Whichever the in's and out's and specifics of the transfer-which-wasn't for Konoplyanka, the facts are it wasn't done, and it's not the first time the club have missed out on a top target over the past 12 months.
Did Liverpool simply leave this one too late? They were criticised by Mohamed Salah's agent in midweek for taking more than two-and-a-half months over negotiations, so expecting this one to be completed in a short matter of days was always being hopeful.
The overall picture being put together is that Liverpool have erred this transfer window, and blown a major opportunity. Is that fair? We took a look at Twitter to see what supporters were saying about the 'near miss' for the Dnipro winger...
#LFC fans never said top 4 hopes hinge on Salah or Konoplyanka but there is worry and disappointment because this failure is ongoing— LFCTS (@LFCTS) February 1, 2014
How many more signings are we going to miss out on #lfc— jim Williamson (@Jimjamwillywam7) February 1, 2014
I had such low expectations of this transfer window I'm not disappointed #lfc— Rob Nicholson (@bigusrobus) February 1, 2014
disappointed we couldnt bring in any reinforcements even if just a loan or two.. that said.. walk on.. #lfc will prevail— Alon Shapiro (@alononsports) February 1, 2014
Surely if its true we triggered by out clause their owner has broken Transfer laws? Deal can't be totally dead? #LFC— Ryan Ewings (@Ryan_Ewings) February 1, 2014
We just have to have a MUCH better transfer strategy in the future. It obviously ain't working. #LFC— Celina MC (@celinaemcee) February 1, 2014
Biggest transfer windows #LFC have had in a few years and we didn't take advantage.— Adam Mc (@AdamMc001) February 1, 2014
No club will enter transfer talks with us again, we are now a laughing stock. So embarrased. We deserve a public explanation. #LFC— Philip Steele (@IrishPhil2010) February 1, 2014
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