Liverpool might have thought the trail had gone cold in their chase for Southampton defender Virgil van Diijk.
But according to reports, the deal is still alive and the player expects to become a Red by the end of this transfer window.
Southampton were furious over tapping-up accusations earlier this summer and Liverpool released an extraordinary statement saying they had dropped interest in the player.
But it seems Van Dijk, 26, has had his head turned after being left out of Maricio Pellegrino’s squad that has flown out to the Alps ahead of their game against St Etienne in the south of France.
Liverpool are thought to have been told £60million is the price for Van Dijk.
But Southampton are becoming fed up of the Merseyside club swooping for their players after Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane and Rickie Lambert all made the same journey in the last few seasons.
A source told Sky Sports the deal is still on, despite the discord between the two clubs.
Liverpool’s statement back in June said: “Liverpool would like to put on record our regret over recent media speculation regarding Southampton Football Club and player transfers between the two clubs.
“We apologise to the owner, board of directors and fans of Southampton for any misunderstanding regarding Virgil van Dijk.
“We respect Southampton’s position and can confirm we have ended any interest in the player.”
Van Dijk has not played Champions League football since he left Celtic in 2015 and has been injured since January after damaging ligaments in his foot.
Liverpool will qualify for the group stages of the competition if they come through the qualifying rounds.