Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to have been sure that Jadon Sancho would sign for Manchester United this summer.
The Red Devils were linked with the Dortmund star for a number of months but were not able to conclude a deal for the England international before the transfer window closed on Monday night.
It now appears that Sancho will stay in Germany until next summer at the earliest, by which time Liverpool may resurrect their interest in the player.
The Reds were another team who were suggested as a potential destination for the 20-year-old at the start of the summer, with Klopp known to be a big admirer.
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But according to The Athletic the German boss told friends in August that he was almost certain Sancho would sign for Liverpool's bitter rivals United before the transfer deadline.
Now that this has not proved to be the case, it will be intriguing to see if the two enemies go head-to-head for Sancho next year, by which time Dortmund will be undoubtedly more inclined to sell their prize asset.
Speaking to Bild about Sancho in the summer, Klopp said: "The red shirt [of Liverpool] would suit very well. I don't think such a transfer will be possible this season.
"He [Sancho] is a very interesting player. If he's coming to Liverpool I would be the most surprised of all of us."
Seeing Sancho go to Liverpool would just rub salt into the wounds for United fans, who have been desperate for the club to sign the winger
Instead United completed deadline day deals for Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri, but there is still frustration from some quarters that they did not act quick enough and have been criticised for leaving all their spending until the last minute.
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