Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the club could have signed Tom Ince - but that a move now appears to be 'too complicated'.
The Northern Irishman was speaking after his side's 2-2 draw against Arsenal, when goals from Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson were not enough to secure victory at the Emirates Stadium.
Post-match questioning understandably drifted towards transfers, with less than 24 hours now left in the January window.
Ince has been heavily linked with a return to Anfield this month, having spent the early part of his career on Merseyside, but Rodgers admitted that whilst Liverpool could have done a deal, it now seems to be a long shot.
“I think it will be difficult – I don’t think there will be any more (signings),” said the Liverpool boss when pressed about the possibility of Ince's arrival.
“No, it’s not about that (English players being over-priced). It was one where we could have still done the deal, but it looks like it’s maybe a bit too complicated at this stage. And, it’s about affordability as well. We’ve only got a certain amount of money.
"If Tom stays at Blackpool, it doesn’t mean that he will never come to Liverpool, but maybe in this window it might be a difficult one for us.”
Whilst Liverpool appear to have missed out on Ince, the Reds did conclude some business yesterday, with Philippe Coutinho joining from Inter Milan.
The young Brazilian joins Daniel Sturridge as the second signing during the window, and manager Rodgers was more than happy with his business.
“Daniel Sturridge has been absolutely fantastic since he’s come in – you see what he’s added to the team.
“And, obviously Coutinho coming in is another young player whose got experience, but he’s still got a load of potential to come. He’s one who can come in and play straight away because he’s got the game."