Liverpool ‘contacted’ Kai Havertz's representatives before he signed for Chelsea.
Jurgen Klopp’s side cruised to the Premier League title last season ahead of Manchester City, Manchester United and Frank Lampard’s Blues, but they have failed to build on that with a big summer.
The Reds were heavily linked to Timo Werner but appeared to back out of a deal before he moved to Stamford Bridge, and that might have been the case with his new team-mate.
Havertz has moved to London from Bayer Leverkusen for an initial fee of more than £70m, which is likely to have priced out Liverpool after they had made contact with his representatives.
According to German journalist Christian Falk, Liverpool showed interest to the advisors of the 21-year-old, but it amounted to nothing concrete.
"In fact, Liverpool was Timo Werner’s first choice for a long time," he told Empire of the Kop, before adding: “Lampard was also very convincing. That’s why Werner went to Chelsea in the end.”
He then said of Havertz: "As for Havertz, it was never really concrete between him and Liverpool, although the Reds had also shown interest to his advisors.”
Before adding: ”Corona also forced these two big clubs to save. Chelsea FC had the necessary sporting arguments and the money."
Klopp has been open about his transfer plans across the summer window, and has refused to end speculation regarding Thiago of Bayern Munich.
In a chat with BBC Sport, he said: "We cannot change that overnight and say 'now we want to behave like Chelsea'.
Before adding: "Clubs are in different situations and we are living in uncertainty in the world.
"For some clubs it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is because they are owned by countries, owned by oligarchs, and that is the truth.
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"We are a different kind of club. We reached the Champions League final two years ago, won it the following year and won the Premier League by being the club we are."
Liverpool have been keen not to spend huge amounts following their recent Premier League triumph, with Klopp admitting that he would still like to improve his squad.
He said: "We always want to improve the squad but there are different ways – one way is to sign new players and the other way is to work together, improve the things you were good in and try to nullify the things you are not good in.
"That is football. No-one wants to talk about training and only about signings."
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