With Liverpool being linked to a lot of forwards, including Karim Adeyemi, it’s fair to say that Jürgen Klopp, as well as looking for a new midfielder, wants to strengthen his attack.

While he has three great starters in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino, he knows they cannot play every game, and so other options are needed.

Diogo Jota, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi all offer some help, but the latter two could do with some upgrading, which is where Ansu Fati comes in.

Well, we should more say ‘came in’, since the young Barcelona star signed a new six-year contract with his club on Wednesday, tying him there until 2027 with a release clause of €1bn.

However, that doesn’t mean Liverpool didn’t try to convince him otherwise, as Helena Condis, for Cadena COPE, reports on Thursday that Manchester United, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain all made moves for him prior to his contract renewal.

In fact, the trio were offering ‘more than double’ the wages he will perceive at the Catalan club, and ‘calls from intermediaries tried to tempt his entourage’.

This is exactly why Barcelona ‘acted with urgency’ in tying their starlet down, knowing full well that losing him in the same year as waving goodbye to Lionel Messi would have caused riots down Las Ramblas.

It was a dream, one Liverpool tried to make come true, but it simply wasn’t to be.