Armenian didn't even listen to Liverpool's offer last summer, choosing Borussia Dortmund instead.
Liverpool made Henrikh Mkhitaryan their top transfer target last summer, and did not even reach the negotiation stage.
Brendan Rodgers said after the failed attempt to land the Armenian: "We had spoken to Shakhtar, we had gotpermission to speak to him but unfortunately I didn't get the chance to sit down in front of him.
"It was already in place with Dortmund so that was disappointing. I always feel that if I can get in front of the player, I can sell the club and what our project is here."
That rash decision looks too bad for Mkhitaryan now, for he may have missed out on the chance to sign for England's Dortmund, with Rodgers emulating the German giants with his brand of free-flowing football, but importantly stands strongly on keeping key players.
Dortmund lost Gotze last summer and Lewandowski is off this campaign, while the future of Marco Reus remains subject of heavy speculation.
Both players signed for Bayern Munich, whose stranglehold on the Bundesliga looks impenetrable, right now they sit 23 points clear at the top, on 71, while Dortmund have 48.
At best Dortmund are playing for second, and don't expect it to be any different next year with Lewandowski moving on.
Meanwhile Liverpool sit four points off the top with a game in hand, and host both Chelsea and Manchester City between now and the end of the season. With the superb run of form they are on; many even have them down as favourites for the title.
All of this was without spending big money on attackers last summer - instead Liverpool's big move was keeping hold of Luis Suarez.
Now this summer, Liverpool are bound to invest further in top quality around the squad, and players from across Europe are going to be desperate to be a part of it.
Mkhitaryan's decision may have seemed a clever one at the time, but did Dortmund peak by reaching the Champions League Final last season?
It Germany they are chasing a seemingly impossible task of usurping Bayern - while right now at Liverpool, nothing looks beyond the Reds; and Mkhitaryan appears to have missed the boat.