Liverpool allegedly had to fend off late interest from La Liga giants Barcelona to finalise the transfer of Thiago Alcantara.
After a prolonged period of rumours, the Merseyside heavyweights eventually announced the signing of the Bayern Munich midfield star early last month.
However, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, finalising the contract was far from a formality for the Premier League defending champions.
Romano reports that Barcelona – Thiago’s ex-club – made an effort to secure a reunion with the 29-year-old before the beginning of the new campaign.
The Spain international allegedly shunned the Catalans efforts having already held constructive discussions with Jurgen Klopp.
A positive coronavirus test has restricted Thiago to just 45 minutes in a Liverpool shirt.
Meanwhile, Liverpool reportedly have no plans to sign Tottenham Hotspur stopper Paulo Gazzaniga, despite rumours to the contrary.
Further questions were raised over back-up stopper Adrian after he shipped seven goals on his first games of the current campaign on Sunday, with Aston Villa running riot against the defending Premier League champions at Villa Park.
Adrian was particularly culpable for the opening goal in the 7-2 loss, having been named in the side due to a shoulder injury for Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker which could rule the former AS Roma star out for up to six weeks.