After what became a disappointing transfer window for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, reports suggest that the Reds will move for Yevhen Konoplyanka in the summer after his potential January transfer to the club acrimoniously collapsed, per Dan Lucas of The Telegraph.
Lucas reports that Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk chief director Andriy Rusol has said that he is "1000 per cent sure that Liverpool will attempt to buy Yevhen [Konoplyanka] again in the summer."
After intense negotiations for the player's services in recent weeks, it is thought that Dnipro president Ihor Kolomoyskyi pulled the plug on the deal due to his belief that the Merseyside club did not prepare the funds in time to complete the transfer, per The Telegraph.
Lucas reports that Rodgers rejects this claim. The manager said:
We are professional people and a professional club. If we feel that is an area we want to look at, there will be a greater market in the summer. We will assess the situation. The club did everything possible to get the player in. Ian Ayre did a brilliant job at negotiating. I heard the problem might have been the money, but that was not the problem.
Konoplyanka himself commented on the failed transfer, per Sam Lee of Goal.com:
Not at all upset! Well, I will not hide it...there is a little resentment. But life goes on. I need to treat this like a sleep. I woke up and carried on. I will search for the next dream. I hope that everything will turn out okay.
Konoplyanka has scored three goals in his club's five Europa League matches this season, per Squawka.
His reputation is on the rise, and there is little doubt he will attract interest from many teams in the summer.
The real question is do Liverpool need the Ukrainian attacker?
When assessing their issues in what has so far been an excellent season for the Anfield club, their needs seem to be more of a defensive nature.
With the creative trio of Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, and the emerging talent of Raheem Stirling, the Reds are well stocked going forward.
Would it be better for Liverpool to buy a defender rather than Konoplyanka?
Liverpool's resources might be better directed at signing a big defensive name.
Daniel Agger has a blemished injury record, leaving the team short of true quality at the back.
Konoplyanka would no doubt offer Liverpool something slightly different, but if they have aspirations of title glory, they have other areas of the park that need servicing first.