Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car was left stranded at the airport with his Liverpool transfer stalling, reports say.
The Premier League champions are in the market for defensive reinforcements.
And according to RMC Sport, they had a deal in place to sign 24-year-old Caleta-Car from Marseille.
It is understood the Croatian then travelled to Mairgnane airport with his girlfriend to fly via private jet to Manchester.
But, it is claimed Marseille have caused a stumbling block in the transfer, having failed to identify a replacement.
As a result, Caleta-Car did not board the flight which left the deal up in the air.
But it was later reported that Marseille rejected a £23million bid to ensure the player remains in France.
Caleta-Car’s partner Adriana Durdevic, even hinted at the move on social media as she posted a video with Liverpool’s famous Beatles song ‘All You Need Is Love’.
Jurgen Klopp is in desperate need of cover at the back, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez not expected to return earlier than April.
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Joel Matip briefly returned, but picked up an ankle knock which forced him out of Liverpool’s 3-1 win at West Ham.
Midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have both been forced to cover at centre-back.
Despite Caleta-Car’s move facing concerns, Liverpool have signed Ben Davis in a shock £2million move from Preston.