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Former Red targets have failed to make an impression.

THE stories of "the ones that got away" have been a staple of Liverpool's recent transfer market past.

You know the names by now, of course. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Diego Costa, Willian, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Alexis Sanchez. Near misses, close shaves, coulda, woulda, shoulda.

They're brought up regularly - and not just by columns such as this one. They're examples of hesitancy, indecision, pennypinching, misfortune. The January window of 2014 was probably where Reds fans' patience wore thinnest. Then, as they looked to strengthen their challenge at the top of the Premier League table, they identified two players who could make the difference, and failed to land either. Sound familiar? In the 18 months since, Reds fans have observed their career paths with interest. Both will be moving clubs this summer.

Mohamed Salah, who chose Chelsea over Liverpool that January, looks set to move to Italy, having managed just 13 Premier League appearances at Stamford Bridge. The Egyptian spent the second half of last season on loan at Fiorentina, and has interest from both Inter and Roma, if reports are to be believed. Yehven Konoplyanka, meanwhile, has finally found his way out of Dnipro. Denied a move to Anfield by Ihor Kolomoyskyi, the Ukrainian club's hard-nosed owner, the winger has now agreed to join Sevilla on a free transfer.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 4, 2015
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