Memphis Depay has joined the growing list of Liverpool transfer misses, after he signed with Manchester United.
Liverpool were reported to have met with Depay last week, as reported ESPN, in an effort to sign the winger.
Their failed attempt would not be so bad in isolation. United had an advantage in signing Depay due to his previous work with Dutch international boss Louis van Gaal, and the Red Devils are more likely to be playing Champions League football next season.
Instead he joins a growing list of near misses for Liverpool in recent years. They have tried and attempted to sign players including Alexis Sanchez, Willian, Yevhen Konoplyanka, and Mohamed Salah.
This would not be such a slight if the players they had bought instead had worked out, but this summer they have not. Lazar Markovic, Mario Balotelli and Adam Lallana have each failed to hit the spot at a combined investment of more than £50 million.
The Depay miss has left supporters frustrated, worried they have missed out on another top level talent to a rival. Here is a look at the reaction...
Sanchez, Shaqiri, Salah, Depay, and the list goes on! Is it cheapness or stupidity? I think it's a mix of both #LFC— Abdulrahman Alhumaid (@A___Alhumaid) May 7, 2015
My #LFC Memphis Depay jersey would have been fire but such is life— Jack Machulski (@jmachulski9) May 7, 2015
Looks like Depay is going to United-hell of signing-gutted that #lfc missed out— Joe (@Joeboiling) May 7, 2015
Did anyone seriously think we'd get Depay? I'm not too fussed, either - the money desperately needs to spent elsewhere #LFC— Girl From Mars (@Endymion42) May 7, 2015
Liverpool miss out on signing Depay, don't know why we surprised we always miss out something is badly wrong #LFC— Lfc Quick News (@LfcQuickNews) May 7, 2015
Can't believe we missed out on depay . Can't believe he's signing for United #LFC— davidhughes (@DavidHughesd24) May 7, 2015