Liverpool turned down the chance to sign Marcos Llorente from Real Madrid this summer, according to his agent.
Llorente was deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu by returning boss Zinedine Zidane and offered to numerous clubs.
The midfielder, who made 12 La Liga appearances last season, has now departed for cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid.
But Julio Llorente, his uncle and representative, has claimed Liverpool rejected the chance to bring him to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp had other priorities.
"I contacted several clubs to let them know what had happened, the conversation that Zidane and Marcos had," Julio Llorente told Cadena SER .
"One of them was Liverpool, but Marcos' position was covered and it wasn't a priority.