Coming extremely close to signing Nabil Fékir from Lyon, Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool made it clear they were looking for a creator for their attack, but one also capable of scoring goals.

After the French club pulled the plug on the deal, the Reds appeared to fall back on the Xherdan Shaqiri option, even if the two are quite different.

Since then, Liverpool have been linked with the odd attacking midfielder, among which was James Rodriguez, currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.

Although the Germans have an option to buy, it hasn’t been made clear if they will use it or not just yet, which has led to some speculation about the Colombian’s future.

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However, Calciomercato in Italy reported late on Monday that Liverpool will not be going for the 27-year-old, having ‘denied’ their interest in the player to the Italian website.

According to the club itself, James isn’t ‘part of their plans’ going forward as a club.

It never sounded like the most realistic of stories, but there’s no denying that, had a move taken place, the thought of the Real Madrid attacking midfielder feeding Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané wouldn’t have bene pleasant for opposing managers.