Liverpool target Sofiane Feghouli has delayed meeting up with the Algerian national team ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, in order to sort out his contract extension at Valencia, reports Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old playmaker is approaching the end of his current deal with the La Liga outfit, and has attracted January interest from a number of clubs.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is believed to be monitoring Feghouli's situation, as he weighs up an attempt to lure him to Anfield during the transfer window.
But, Liverpool's hopes of signing the versatile midfielder have been dealt a blow, after he re-iterated his commitment to the Mestalla, and revealed his intention to sign a new contract.
"I've been asked to stay behind and sort things out with the club," Feghouli told Sky Sports. "I will then join my country and give my all as usual.
"I do not want to go there without having signed a new deal and think about it. Hopefully all will go well and I will join the squad in enough time."
With six goals in 20 appearances for Valencia this season, the Spanish club's hierarchy are eager to tie Feghouli down to a new long-term contract, before he sets off for the tournament in South Africa later this month.