Philippe Coutinho wanted to return to the former club, Liverpool before completing his transfer to Bayern Munich, according to the latest reports.
Barcelona were open to selling the Brazilian star this summer but he has now joined die Roten on a season-long loan, while the Bundesliga champions have the option to buy for €120m (£109.8m).
Coutinho was heavily connected with a return to England with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all reportedly keen on a deal.
But according to The Athletic, Philippe’s representatives ‘made it clear’ to the Reds chiefs that he would prefer a switch back to Anfield.
However, the report states that Liverpool were not interested in an expensive loan agreement which would include the option to buy.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is also said to have privately concluded that Philippe would not dramatically improve his team, while he is also content with the various attacking options he has in his roster.
Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that the transfer was too costly for the club. ‘It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it [to sign Coutinho], we have already spent the cash that we got for him,’ he told Goal.
Meantime, Liverpool have identified shot-stopper Michel Vorm as a potential addition to their main team squad.
Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has confirmed that an approach may be made for him, who is available on a free transfer after being released by the EPL giants Tottenham Hotspur.
John told NOS: “A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said.”
“The arrival of Vorm has been discussed. Lonergan has more than 250 matches at Championship level and that is the sort of experience not to be underestimated.”