Liverpool were quick out of the blocks to wrap up deals for Rickie Lambert and Emre Can before the summer transfer window opens, but somewhat inevitably the World Cup has blocked their path in trying to secure the services of Southampton's Adam Lallana.
The midfielder is away with England in Brazil, and it was always unlikely that the Reds would be able to get a deal over the line before the tournament got underway.
Sensibly, rather than sitting round and twiddling his thumbs, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has moved for an alternative in Bayern Munich's Xherdan Shaqiri. The 22-year-old is a wonderfully talented player as he demonstrated with Basel, and his form there earned him a switch to the German giants.
Trouble in Bavaria
However his time in Bavaria hasn't exactly gone to plan; he's started just 23 games in two seasons and has previously admitted that a move could be on the cards this summer - but that he is only willing to join a club in the Champions League.
That is something that Liverpool can offer but Manchester United, previously linked with him, can't, and with their interest in landing Lallana seemingly over, a move for the Swiss ace has been initiated.
According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool have opened talks with Bayern Munich over a £16 million switch. They also add that the Reds have checked on the availability of Lazar Markovic from Benfica.
Lallana deal off?
Now that Southampton have appointed a manager in Ronald Koeman it was expected that there could be some movement on Lallana, but the fact that Executive Director Les Reed suggested yesterday that he should stay on the south coast "a little longer".
That has prompted Rodgers to call his pursuit of the England man quits, and focus his attention on Shaqiri, which could well prove to be a shrewd move.
Bayern stay possible
Liverpool's pursuit of Shaqiri is unlikely to be straight forward however - Bayern Munich reportedly view him as the long-term successor to Franck Ribery, who has struggled with injury problems recently and has been forced to sit out of the World Cup.
In addition to identifying an alternative to Lallana, Liverpool are also looking at Wolfsburg's Ricardo Rodriguez as their move for Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno continues to stumble.
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