Liverpool supposedly held talks over a potential deal for Aston Villa starlet Jack Grealish.
Villa will be forced to sell the 22-year-old this summer as the club contends with financial issues having failed to secure promotion to the Premier League.
Grealish was a standout performer as the Villans reached the Championship play-off final last season, where they lost to Fulham at Wembley.
His route to England’s top flight has evidently been long in the making since he burst onto the scene under Tim Sherwood in 2015.
A mixed career since then hit new heights over the 2017/2018 campaign, with both Tottenham and Liverpool subsequently expressing an interest in his services.
The Reds had held discussions over a possible deal for Grealish prior to the sacking of technical director Steve Round, according to the Mirror.
Anfield seemingly posed as Villa’s preferred destination, with Liverpool more open than Tottenham to meeting the club’s £25million asking-price.
Grealish now looks set to seal a summer move to Spurs, but for a cut-price deal expected to be in the region of £15million.
Though an undeniable talent, the Englishman isn’t the calibre of player Liverpool are in need of to fill their Philippe Coutinho-shaped void.
That job could still be Nabil Fekir’s for the taking if the Reds opt to re-enter talks over a deal for the Frenchman when he returns from the World Cup.
He may not represent an immediate starter, but Grealish offers the expressive attacking approach and ball-carrying ability well-aligned to Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.