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Liverpool criticised by club for Konoplyanka failure

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Liverpool have been told a deadline day deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka would not have collapsed if they had got their act together in time.

Brendan Rodgers was close to completing the transfer of the Ukraine international, but Anfield officials could not complete all the necessary details before the January window shut last Friday night.

Now Konoplyanka's club have criticised Liverpool for not acting quickly enough to get the deal done, with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk managing director Andriy Rusol rejecting claims from the 24-year-old's agent that the club's owner had refused to agree to the deal.

"Firstly, our president had no choice to keep the player. His contract has a specific release clause," Rusol is quoted as saying by Metro.

"The truth is Liverpool did not have time to complete the transaction. We could not sign the documents until we received the money in our account and they did not send it before the deadline.

"The president, Igor Kolomoysky gave the go-ahead for the deal as soon as the clubs reached agreement.

"The time issue was not our fault. Liverpool’s executives could have arrived a day or two earlier."

Despite the disagreement over what went wrong, Liverpool were given hope of reviving the deal come the summer, as Rusol admitted the talented winger was going to get a transfer away from Ukraine eventually.

"Yehven is a very strong person, he knows his move to a big club is only a matter of time," he added.

Konoplyanka has been tipped for big things for some time and showed a glimpse of what he can do in Ukraine's 1-1 draw with England at Wembley during World Cup 2014 qualifying, scoring a terrific goal to stun the home crowd - watch it here.

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