Liverpool's recruitment team get plenty of plaudits - but sometimes it comes down to an element of chance as to whether or not they get the right deal at the right time.

Plenty this summer, in terms of who else arrives at Anfield in addition to central defender Ibrahima Konate, will come down to sliding doors: which players come available, and which on the Liverpool shortlist tick the right boxes at the right time.

Donyell Malen, for instance, looks set to move to Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund can offer him regular game time immediately in the absence of the departed Jadon Sancho and so that move was a better fit.

Liverpool, though, have other players on their shortlist.

It was exactly the same last summer when they arrived at Diogo Jota's name being the answer to their problems, having also looked at the likes of Jonathan David and Ismaila Sarr; the Portugal forward was one of a few choices.

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Jota, clearly, has proven to be an excellent addition to the Liverpool squad, and it will be similar profile that they target this summer in order to further strengthen the frontline.

The exact name, though, for the exact reasons listed above, is a difficult one to pin down. If the past proves anything it is that the transfer market is fluid by nature.

"They were never going to go for the next best thing after Nabil Fekir - they moved on," said Kristian Walsh on a specialpodcast from Blood Red looking into that failed deal.

"They did not reinvest the money that summer and there was still a lot of clamour around what was going to happen with replacing Philippe Coutinho.

"They still haven't replaced him directly and so people were asking why this was happening.

"For Fekir to just be gone, that left a £52m hole burning in their back pocket.

"It is a testament to how Liverpool do business - very similar to when they couldn't get Virgil van Dijk, where they didn't panic and spend £40m on a player who wasn't suited to them.

"They bided their time [after the Fekir deal collapsed] and then decided that the solution was not to throw money at a player of a substandard level, but change the way that they played and led to the team that we fell in love with over the past couple of seasons.

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"It was a sliding doors moment for Liverpool in a real period of them.

"Julian Brandt instead of Mohamed Salah, what might have happened if the Van Dijk deal fully fell through, and Loris Karius in Kyiv and if that means that Alisson Becker ends up coming in that summer.

"It is a team that has been built fantastically well, but it has not been without potential pitfalls in that period."

This summer could well be no different.

Liverpool shortlists comprise of more than a couple of players, but history shows they tend to come to the right conclusion in the end, one way or another.

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