Liverpool could have Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the squad – but a minor injury prevented a deal from being done.
The stopper was invited to the club back in 2009 when he was just sixteen years of age as the considered a move away from Slovenian club Olimpija, according to Dnevnik.
The article was posted on 17th December 2009 and has been dug up by supporters this week as speculation that manager Jurgen Klopp will make a move for the keeper continues.
Several clubs were courting the then-teenager and Simon Seslar, Sporting Director at Olimpija, confirmed that there was plenty of interest in Oblak – who has gone on to become one of the best keepers in Europe.
“For the time being, there is nothing concrete yet. For the past half of the year, we have an interest in Jana, we are talking with clubs who have specifically contacted the club, but we have certain requirements.” he said.
He was asked specifically about Liverpool, but refused to be drawn on names as he made an attempt to calm the transfer rumours around the youngster.
“I would not speak about names. I do not know where information comes from, we definitely do not belong to our club.” he added.
But when later pushed on rumours that Oblak had visited Anfield, Seslar confirmed that they had made a trip over to England to catch a Premier League game between the Reds and Arsenal.
“We really looked at the match between Liverpool and Arsenal, but that’s all. We were at home the next day.” he said.
“There is nothing serious with injury. Before the match with Maribor, he had pain in the muscle.” Seslar concluded.
Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Oblak won’t be another one who got away – but the Slovenian international has a release fee worth £89m and the Spanish club are unlikely to accept anything less.