Jurgen Klopp identified three players for Liverpool before the club roped in Mohamed Salah instead and the identities of the trio have now been revealed.
The European champions raised eyebrows in 2017 when they signed Salah from AS Roma in an initial £36.9m transfer due to his ill-fated spell at Premier League rivals Chelsea.
However, his move has now gone down as one the Reds greatest ever signings with a staggering 91 goals in 144 games across all competitions since his return to England.
But according to the Times, the African superstar wasn't high on the agenda for Klopp would he looked to add further attacking options, as he missed out on three primary targets first.
"Liverpool scouted about 15 wide players between missing out on Salah and signing him," journalist Paul Joyce wrote.
"Klopp has conceded that it was Dave Fallows, head of scouting and recruitment, Barry Hunter, the chief scout, and Michael Edwards, the sporting director, whose background checks extended to spying missions at training camps as well as matches, who constantly pushed his case."
Christian Pulisic, Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt are said to have been the main targets, with all three since moving on to new clubs.
Despite the club agreeing on a €36m deal with Wolfsburg for Draxler, he opted for a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Brandt and Pulisic moved on to Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea respectively.