Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car had travelled to the airport in expectation that he would complete a move to Liverpool, a report has claimed.
The Reds have already bolstered their battered back line by agreeing a fee for Preston’s Ben Davies.
However, reports on Sunday evening claimed that Caleta-Car had emerged as a target for the Anfield club.
Indeed, Liverpool made an approach and the 24-year-old had agreed to move to Merseyside.
But the deal looks unlikely before Monday’s 11pm deadline; Marseille do not feel confident about securing a replacement before the transfer window slams shut.
Nevertheless, RMC Sport (via Get French Football News), has reported on Caleta-Car’s stance in proceedings.
The centre-back had arrived at Marseille Province Airport with his girlfriend and was ready to board a private jet.
That jet would have taken him to Manchester, where he would then have made the short trip to Liverpool.
But he did not get on the plane; while the formalities of a deal had been agreed by both clubs, Marseille then brought negotiations to a stop amid worries about finding Caleta-Car’s successor.
The Croatian has played in 20 of his club’s 21 Ligue 1 games this season, missing the other due to a yellow card suspension.
The Daily Mail, who originally reported Liverpool’s interest, claimed that he would have heard good accounts of Anfield from compatriot Dejan Lovren, who spent six years on Merseyside.
However, RMC Sport reporter Loic Tanzi says that a deal now looks unlikely, despite a slim chance remaining.
Reasons revealed for Davies interest
Klopp will nevertheless be happy to see at least one new centre-back through the door by the deadline.
Liverpool have lost all three senior centre-backs to injury, leaving the manager short of options.
As such, the reasons for swooping for Davies have been revealed.