Liverpool target not thinking about failed transfer

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Liverpool’s January of frustration was summed up when they failed to land Yevhen Konoplyanka on the final day of the window when it appeared almost certain the Ukraine international would leave Dnipro for Merseyside.

The Reds had already failed to land Mohamed Salah of Basel, who joined Chelsea, when they focus their attention on the acquisition of Konoplyanka but the proposed transfer fell through at the last moment.

Liverpool were reported for have triggered the player’s £16 million release clause only for Dnipro to pull the plug with terms agreed, snatching the 24-year-old’s dream of moving to Anfield from his grasp when it appeared a forgone conclusion.

Konoplyanka, though, claims not to be thinking about the failure to complete his Liverpool move, and is focused on the job in hand with Dnipro - which includes a Europa League encounter with Tottenham on Thursday.

"Everything that happened is in the past," Konoplyanka told reporters ahead of the clash with Spurs.

"There is a good saying 'everything is for the best' - all we have to do is concentrate on the game for tomorrow, that is all.”

The game between Dnipro and Spurs may be cancelled, however, after a statement from the Ukraine president claimed Thursday would be a national day of mourning - cancelling all sporting events - following major loss of life in Kiev.

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