Blackpool manager Ian Holloway says it would be 'impossible' to stop Charlie Adam joining Liverpool in the summer.
Adam’s protracted switch to Anfield was one of the longest running stories of the transfer window and the Reds' had several bids rejected for the 25-year-old.
According to The Guardian, the Blackpool captain was distraught after the Tangerines rebuffed an offer from Liverpool worth £10 million on deadline day as they tried frantically to bring him to Anfield.
Liverpool initially tabled £4 million for the services of the Scotland international, who handed in a transfer request after learning of the interest from the Merseyside club.
But Blackpool - who paid £500,000 for Adam in 2009 - stood firm as Liverpool upped the ante; slapping a whopping £14 million price tag on their prized asset.
Hollway was openly critical of the conduct of Liverpool during their pursuit of Adam, but would be prepared to let him move to Anfield - or anywhere else - at the end of the season, should Blackpool's demands be met.
"Charlie's been fantastic for us and he can feel however he feels, but he is still professional," Holloway said. "He has to deal with the fact he has at least another 15 games to get us at least another four wins and then wait and see what happens in the summer.
"I would love him to go to a club he wants to when the time is right. I have no doubts he will get where he wants to be eventually, but I didn't understand the timing or his impatience.
"I believe he is getting better all the time and without a shadow of a doubt in the summer it will be impossible to hang onto him. But for now everything can go back to being about the football because we've an awful lot of work to do, we've got to improve."
Whether or not Liverpool will return for Adam in the summer remains to be seen, but he would certainly provide the Anfield club with an extra attacking dimension.
Liverpool have looked devoid of inspiration at times this season and would certainly have benefited from Adam's invention and eye for goal alongside that of Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is known to be an admirer of his compatriot, but the Merseysiders are likely to have to battle for his signature with Spurs also known to be interested.