Dnipro’s outspoken chief executive Andriy Rusol has claimed that it is a 1000% certainty that Liverpool will return for Ukrainian playmaker Yevhen Konoplyanka at the end of the season, according to 101 Great Goals.
The website, citing Ukrainian source Football 1, reports that only days after claiming Liverpool’s deadline day move for Konoplyanka wasn’t successful because they didn’t pay up in time, Rusol has now declared his belief that the Reds will try again this coming summer.
On top of that Rusol insisted that his club were open to a transfer and that, if given more time, the negotiations would go differently this time around.
“There was no time to organize the technical transfer. Yevhen’s all ahead now. If he continues to train the same and play the way he plays, it’s just a matter of time before he moves to a good European club,” Rusol said.
“I’m a thousand percent sure that Liverpool will attempt to buy Yevhen again in the summer. And, after this experience, the dealings will be more organised, and more likely to success. If they had come a little earlier things would have been different.”
Liverpool fans could have been forgiven for thinking they had their man last Friday, but negotiations broke down before the midnight deadline and so no agreement was reached in time.
The 24-year-old midfielder, valued at around £16million by Dnipro, has been identified as a priority signing for Brendan Rodgers, who was hoping to bolster his squad last month with a view to securing Champions League qualification.