Liverpool made a £26million bid for Lazio star Keita Balde Diao before signing Mohamed Salah from Roma, according to reports.
The Reds completed the capture Salah earlier this week in a deal believed to be worth £39million.
Despite Liverpool’s pursuit of the Egypt winger, reports suggest that Keita was also under serious consideration.
Italian paper Corriere dello Sport states that Jurgen Klopp even made an offer for the Senegal international.
However, the deal never materialised and Klopp instead opted to sign Salah from Roma.
Keita was apparently open to a possible move to Anfield and is reportedly disappointed a deal failed to materialise.
He played a huge part in the Lazio team which qualified for the Europa League thanks to a fifth-placed finish in Serie A.
Keita bagged 16 goals and amassed three assists in 2016/17, and has been linked with a move to AC Milan and Juventus, whom he could join for free upon the expiry of his contract in 2018.