Nobody in England, and especially nobody with any ties to the club, has ever thought that Liverpool were especially likely to sign the talented but injury-prone 29-year-old midfielder Thiago Alcantara away from Bayern Munich.

He’s a signing who would make the Reds average age older at a time when they should be getting younger. A player on £200k per week wages in a summer the club are nervous about spending big. In short, he’s not a signing that ever made sense.

That didn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of talk elsewhere, particularly in Germany, about Liverpool supposedly being interested. And that always meant that when some other club came for him—if some other club did come for him—there would be stories about the Reds missing out.