It's no secret Liverpool tried signing Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira last month, after Ian Ayre went to the United States to begin negotiations with the Ukrainian club.
Liverpool made an initial bid of €32million, but were told to increase it to €50million by Shakhtar. That was not the end of it, Shakhtar were reluctant to sell and despite claims of the price increasing several times, it's more likely they simply weren't prepared to part with the player, putting the onus on Liverpool to change their mind.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed why the club decide to walk away from any potential deal for Shakhtar's Alex Teixeira. Klopp thinks the club made a very realistic offer for Teixeira, but negotiations proved very difficult.
“It’s very important that yes, you can trust us,” Klopp said.
“It was absolutely a common decision (on Teixeira). We said we can’t play this game until the end.
“We made offers. I won’t say too much about that, but they were realistic, absolutely, with the pluses of it being January, the Premier League, all the pluses you have when you make negotiations with other clubs.
“But it was a case of ‘if you don’t want it okay, we can’t change the situation, do what you want’. It’s important for now and for the future. It’s not that we haven’t got money or anything, but you have to work respectfully and responsibly.
The player was also very keen on joining the Merseyside team, as he revealed in an interview that it'd be an honour to play for the Reds, but it now seems he has to wait at least until the summer for his wish to come true.
We don't know yet if Liverpool will return for Teixeira in the summer transfer window, or switch to different targets. There is also a chance that other big clubs might also enter the race to sign him in the summer.