Liverpool will not be landing Houssem Aouar before the start of next term, with the Reds set for another quiet summer because of the ongoing battle to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
The French youngster made up a two-man shortlist with Timo Werner, but the duo may now have to wait for a move to Liverpool.
With Adam Lallana set to depart upon the expiry of his contract, there will be a vacancy in the Reds’ midfield next season.
Curtis Jones is pressing hard for more chances, but Liverpool board do not want to rest all their hopes on the shoulders of the talented scouser.
According to the Daily Mirror, Houssem was the man Jurgen Klopp wanted to bring through the door in the summer.
The 21-year-old star has gone from strength to strength at Les Gones, who are preparing themselves for proposals from a host of top European clubs.
But any deal for the highly-rated Algerian-born French prodigy will now have to wait until at least next January.
With matches set to continue behind closed doors, the Anfield outfit fear they simply will not have the funds to spend on mega-money deals.
The Evening Standard reported in March that Houssem was first identified by Reds scouts while watching his former team-mate Nabil Fekir.
Meantime, Liverpool are keen on bringing Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly to Anfield during this summer’s transfer market, according to TuttoMercatoWeb
The 28-year-old defender has again been in impressive form for Serie A giants this season, although the star has been restricted to just 15 Serie A appearances because of injury.