Liverpool could turn their attention to Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
The Algeria international is determined to finally make an exit from the 2015/16 Premier League champions this Summer after making previous attempts to force a move away.
Current champions Manchester City are the frontrunners to secure the twenty-seven year old’s signature after trying to land a transfer back in January, but a deal has so far failed to materialise.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could attempt to steal a march on Pep Guardiola by making a move to bring the attacking midfielder to Anfield ahead of the new campaign.
Klopp was close to bringing Lyon skipper Nabil Fekir to the club last week, but there were second thoughts following the completion of the majority of formalities of the deal.
The France international, who is currently on World Cup duty for his nation in Russia, could yet become a Liverpool player after completing a photoshoot and initial interview with LFCtv before the plug was pulled.
But if Klopp and club officials decide against going back with a second attempt to get the move over the line, Mahrez could well prove to be the ideal alternative.
The idea of a move to City has clearly been a big motivator for him, but he is likely to have a serious challenge on his hands to claim a place in their side with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Bernardo Silva already in the squad.
A move to Anfield would see him quickly put into the first eleven as Klopp seeks the player who can link midfield and attack – and Mahrez could well be that man.