Liverpool's decision not to sign Konoplyanka is among their worst in recent seasons

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Liverpool could have signed Yevhen Konoplyanka on numerous occasions.

Liverpool’s decision not to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka must go down as one of their worst pieces of transfer business in recent seasons, considering the success he is having.

The Ukraine international was heavily linked with a move to Anfield on a number of occasions, yet a deal never materialised and he ended up joining Sevilla on a free transfer last summer.

The speculation first started in the 2014 January transfer window, where a report in The Guardian claimed the Reds failed in a late move despite meeting his then-reported £16 million release clause.

Former boss Brendan Rodgers then told the BBC that a deal could still be reached in the summer of 2014, yet for some reason the club opted against it amid a summer of heavy spending.

Further speculation was rife, with the Daily Star again linking Liverpool with a heavy interest last summer before the talented winger finally left Dnipro, but to join Sevilla on a free transfer.

So why didn’t the Anfield outfit buy him? After all, they had multiple opportunities and considering he was available on a free last summer, it was a real opportunity missed.

Since coming in, newly-appointed boss Jurgen Klopp has had time to assess the squad, but one area where he must feel the club are short is quality in wide areas.

Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho are all evidently better playing through the middle and when you have Christian Benteke up front, having no genuine wide men is criminal.

Jordon Ibe is still too young and raw to make a difference, whereas Konoplyanka is currently wowing La Liga pundits and observers alike with a number of superb performances for Sevilla.

The 26-year-old has five goals and three assists from 13 appearances in all competitions this season, attracting the interest of Real Madrid, as reported in Diario Sport.

The Reds have signed an abundance of players in recent seasons, yet bringing in Konoplyanka - especially on a free last summer - would have been the best deal of the lot.

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