Nabil Fekir came about as close as you can possibly come to signing for Liverpool, without actually signing.
There were rumours that the Lyon man had been photographed in the new jersey, the hashtag 'FekirFriday' was trending across Twitter and an interview with LFCTV was allegedly filmed.
It's widely accepted that his track record of injuries caused the move to collapse and Liverpool fans aren't exactly missing his presence as they sit atop the Premier League.
Nevertheless, the name Fekir remains a buzzword for supporters and there had always been speculation that Liverpool could reignite their interest in a future transfer window.
Well, another opportunity has finally arrived and fans have been entertaining the idea of Fekir signing across social media.
Rumours of Fekir move
It would certainly be a massive statement in their title challenge, seeing them a collect a formidable midfield arsenal that would make potentially usurp that of Manchester City.
However, would Jurgen Klopp actually be interested in the move anymore and do the Reds even need him this season?
It's a good question and although Liverpool fans would put their money on 'no' for both questions, that hasn't stopped a few sources from cranking the rumour mill into gear.
Journalist clears up Fekir situation
That's predominantly come from bookmakers who have sought to fire up speculation by decreasing their odds on Fekir, suggesting that he's getting more and more likely to sign.
The ever-altering odds can sometimes be misleading during the transfer window but you wouldn't blame Liverpool fans for being curious about the trend.
So much so in that the Daily Mail's Dominic King has sought to clarify the whole situation and he dropped an emphatic tweet on Thursday afternoon.
It ends the debate for good. Check out his post down below:
Everybody can start to put messages of 'AnnounceFekir' back into Room101 and save their speculation for the summer transfer window, at the very least.
Of course, journalists aren't always correct about the activities of big clubs but the level of certainty in the tweet suggests it would take a serious U-turn for King to be wrong.
It's also interesting to note that Liverpool apparently won't be signing anyone at all, an often disappointing revelation but one that won't concerns Kopites to any large degree.
Their business in recent years has afforded them incredible squad depth and their current form suggests it would unwise to introduce new players at this crucial time.
There's a real feeling that 2018/19 could really be Liverpool's year and it's Fekir's loss, not Liverpool's.
Do you think Liverpool need Fekir? Have your say in the comments section below.