After Liverpool chief Ian Ayre was confirmed to have gone on a trip to Ukraine three days ago to finalise the Konoplyanka deal. It appeared as though it was all a matter of formalities and that by Sunday Konoplyanka would be ready to take on West Brom and help Liverpool secure fourth place.
However, in typical fashion, Liverpool have somehow contrived to let a target escape from their grasp. The first sign was when Liverpool were haggling with Dnipro regarding the transfer fee for Konoplyanka well into deadline day - despite beginning negotiations a few days earlier. They had both agreed on £15 million, although had disagreed on how that was to be paid.
Dnipro wanted Liverpool to pay that fee in one lump sum so they could reinvest that back into the squad - the Ukrainian transfer window closes in March.
Liverpool wanted to pay the £15 million in installments, something Dnipro vehemently disagreed with.
Eventually, Liverpool broke down and decided to pay the fee Dnipro wanted - which incidentally met Konoplyanka's release clause. This was swiftly met with a statement of Konoplyanka's intent to join Liverpool, something backed up by the fact he had agreed personal terms with Liverpool.
When Liverpool had conducted and declared Konoplyanka had passed a medical, it appeared that for once, Liverpool had finally gotten their man and all that was left was to pass the paperwork through before 11pm.
Of course, it seems a Liverpool transfer cannot go without a hitch these days. Normally, it is because Liverpool's dithering had allowed another team to usurp them in the market.
This time it was because the Dnipro owner had neglected to pass through the paperwork needed to complete the deal. For whatever reasoning, the owner was hellbent on not allowing Konoplyanka to leave.
Therefore, despite all the conditions being met by Liverpool; despite Konoplyanka being described as desperate to leave, he remains a Dnipro player for now.
BBC journalist Ben Smith supplements these thoughts:
In the summer, the interest regarding Konoplyanka is likely to be very intense and this may have been Liverpool's best chance to buy the player.