Liverpool snatched Seyi Ojo from the clutches of Chelsea after the latter delayed on pushing through a deal for the teenager, it has been claimed.
It was confirmed on Friday that Ojo, 14, had left MK Dons for Merseyside after the Reds had agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £2 million.
However, according to Goal.com, Liverpool paid far less than this alleged figure, while Chelsea initally appeared to have an agreement of their own.
Ojo seemed destined for Stamford Bridge after appearing for Chelsea under-18s against their Tottenham counterparts only two weeks ago.
However, it is reported that Chelsea became reluctant to finalise a deal for the England under-16 international, which allowed Liverpool to pounce.
The relationship of MK Dons boss Karl Robinson with influential figures at Liverpool is also said to have played a part in Ojo's destination.
Robinson spent eight years at Anfield as a coach and is said to retain a good friendship with Jamie Carragher, among others.