7. Mahmoud Dahoud:
Dahoud was doing well with Borussia Monchengladbach and given how familiar Klopp was with the club, he was eager to sign the youngster when he came to Liverpool. But given an amount of £25m was demanded and Dahoud not much accustomed to the Premier League style, Liverpool went with Gini Wjinaldum for a price of £23m. Luckily, the move has turned out quite well for both the player and the club.
6. Alex Teixeira:
Teixeira was one of the likely players to join Liverpool when Klopp came in. He was vocal about his interest in joining the Reds but given the hard ball Shakhtar Donetsk were playing during the transfer negotiations, the move failed. Teixeira went on to join Chinese club Jiangsu Suning later on.
5. Ben Chilwell:
After Liverpool’s defeat in the Europa league final in 2016, the Reds definitely needed a left back. They contacted Leicester City to sign Chilwell and apparently the move failed for either of the two reasons. Liverpool either didn’t meet the player’s demands or the price Leicester were demanding. They went the entire next season without a natural left back and played James Milner instead in the position.
4. Mario Gotze:
Gotze had already played under Klopp at Dortmund and when the German manager came to Liverpool, he wanted the German playmaker to join him. But he was unsure about Gotze’s commitment as he was looking for more options to play for and hence Klopp pulled the plug and didn’t go after the former Bayern Munich man.
3. Piotr Zielinski:
Zielinski was probably closer than Gotze or Dahoud to join the Reds but as soon as it was known to the Udinese team that the Polish midfielder wanted a move to Liverpool, they started playing hardball with the Reds. The move became very difficult to materialize and Napoli sneaked in and got the transfer done.
2. Ousmane Dembele:
Dembele was doing very well and had met up with Jurgen Klopp for a tentative move to Liverpool. But the Frenchman was very clear of where he wanted to play and therefore the former Rennes’ player decided to join Dortmund and eventually signed for Barcelona.
- Nabil Fekir:
Alike the Virgil Van Djik transfer sage, the one with Nabil Fekir did get messy too. After it seemed that Liverpool and Lyon had agreed upon a deal for the Frenchman, Liverpool apparently were uncertain for the player given his medical reports. This did not go down well with the Lyon representatives as the Reds wanted to renegotiate the terms and ultimately Lyon declared an official statement saying the negotiations have failed.