Mark Lawrenson: 'Liverpool were right not to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka'

Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Fiorentina during their Europa League group match on December 12, 2013
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Mark Lawrenson believes that Liverpool have not been damaged by their failure to sign Yevhen Konoplyanka before the close of the transfer window.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that the club have not missed out by failing to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The Merseyside outfit tried to bring the Ukrainian to Anfield before the close of the transfer window last Friday, but failed at the final hurdle.

Reports emerged claiming that Dnipro's owner refused to sign the paperwork in order to complete the move on deadline day.

Lawrenson wrote in The Mirror: "I'm sorry but you cannot prostitute your club because the owner of an outfit in the Ukraine decides he wants four or five million quid more. No chance.

"People can point to Liverpool missing out on Mohamed Salah, but Chelsea were always in the background.

"With Konoplyanka I can't really see what more Liverpool could have done. Dnipro were the big losers out of all that carry on. Not Liverpool."

The Reds are currently fourth in the Premier League table.

Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Fiorentina during their Europa League group match on December 12, 2013
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