Negotiations to bring the Ukraine international to Merseyside failed to reach a conclusion on deadline day, leaving the Reds without any new squad additions.
The 24-year-old had already completed a medical as talks had dragged on from the morning and late into the night – only for 11pm to bring down the axe on Liverpool’s ambitions.
Plenty of blame has been thrown around in the ensuing days, with managing director Ian Ayre taking criticism from supporters for failing to close the deal.
Reports claimed that Dnipro president Igor Kolomoisky refused to sign off on the transfer and thus prevented it, but the Ukrainian side hit back in claiming the Reds simply came in for the star too late.
In the confusion – which had also featured words from Konoplyanka's agent – the only thing clear about the situation is that the winger simply didn’t arrive on Merseyside.
But the Dnipro No. 10 has finally had his say – admitting disappointment, but also confirming he has eyes for La Liga’s giants.
“Not at all upset,” Konoplyanka said to reporters. “Well, I will not hide it, there is a little resentment.
“But life goes on. I need to treat this like sleep. I woke up and carried on.
“I will search for the next dream. I hope that everything will turn out okay.
“If I decided, I would already be playing at Barcelona or Real Madrid, winning the Champions League – these things do not depend on me.”
And fortunately for Liverpool, Konoplyanka’s Spanish aspirations fortunately appear to be nothing more than fantasy at this point.
And Dnipro executive director Andriy Rusol – who initially counteracted claims Kolomoisky had scuppered the deal – seems rather certain himself the wide-man will move to Anfield when the transfer window reopens.
“I am a thousand per cent sure that Liverpool will try again in the summer and then we’ll let him go,” the Ukrainian press has quoted him as saying.
“Money was not the problem, the problem is that Liverpool came too late.
“But in the summer everything will be fine. If Liverpool, in the summer, report to us, Yevhen will still go to this club.”
The Reds’ path seemingly has finally become illuminated – go back in for Konoplyanka in the summer and he’ll be had.
It certainly won’t help for the remainder of the campaign, but Liverpool at least look to have a strong claim to the winger should they remain keen on his services for next season on.
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