Brendan Rodgers may want to stop targeting wingers during transfer windows. Each of Liverpool's recent pursuits has ended in sorrow.
At least they can take comfort in the fact that the failure was not of their own doing, per BBC Sport:
Liverpool's deal for Dnipro and Ukraine forward Yevhen Konoplyanka has fallen through, late on transfer deadline day.
The Reds agreed a deal with the player, who was keen on the move, but Dnipro's owner did not sign the paperwork.
Konoplyanka would unquestionably have been a good signing for Liverpool. He's a pacy winger who can terrorize right-backs when running down the left flank. His ability to cut inside could have offered support to both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, taking defenders out of position.
Alas, he's staying in Ukraine, which Anfield Index noted has to be a big disappointment for the player as well as Liverpool:
Feel sorry for the player too. Medical done, personal terms agreed. Owner puts the deal in the bin. Ouch.— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) January 31, 2014
As Ben Smith of the BBC pointed out, it would be easy to point the finger at both Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre for possibly bungling this one up, but it appears they did everything they could:
Ian Ayre is an easy target. Collapse of this particular deal was not his fault. He was dealing with an impossible owner— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) January 31, 2014
Also, ESPN's Janusz Michallik rightly said that Russian billionaire owners like Ihor Kolomoyskyi are known to be unpredictable, and when they don't want to sell, they won't sell:
Billionaire owner does not want to sell. That is not negotiation LFC.— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) January 31, 2014
Whether or not failing to sign Konoplyanka will radically alter Liverpool's top-four hopes remains to be seen. It could be argued that had the Ukrainian winger arrived, Rodgers would've done nothing during the January window to address what have been problems in both the midfield and defense.
But the fact that this fell through is more evidence that the Reds need to get Champions League football if they're to become a force in the transfer market again.
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