Liverpool chased plenty of talent this summer. But one player they were keen on, but in the end did not sign, was Hakan Calhanoglu.
The Turkish international spent last season at Bundesliga side Hamburg SV. He was one of the only shining lights in a woeful campaign for HSV which saw them battle relegation , eventually surviving on the final day of the season in a play-off tie.
Dubbed the 'next Ozil' mainly due to his attacking midfield position and Turkish-German heritage, the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Bayern Munich were also rumoured to be keen on the player.
But Brendan Rodgers personally watched him play.
Here is what Calhanoglu said about that:
"A great honour for me when a coach of such a great club is watching me. This is encouraging in a relegation battle. [However] only the successful relegation is currently important to me.”
But in the end he stayed in Germany. After a messy and ugly transfer wrangle he joined Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in a €14.5 million deal.
Now he is showing why Liverpool may have made a mistake on not snapping him up.
He already showed off his talents in mid-week, setting up both goals as Leverkusen beat Zenit St Petersburg in the Champions League.
Last night however it was his time to put the ball in the net. He scored the only goal as Bayer overcame rivals Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga 1-0 - with a sensational Beckham-like free kick doing the trick against the team from Gelsenkirchen.
As Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic fail to produce their best form in a Liverpool shirt this star is certainly coming on leaps and bounds over in Germany.