Liverpool were expected to delve into the January transfer market following Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month.
However, despite a number of stars linked with a move to Anfield, the Reds are yet to make a signing.
While they are looking increasingly likely to sign Juventus’ Paulo Dybala, Jurgen Klopp’s side look set to miss out on another target elsewhere.
Liverpool had been rumoured to be eyeing a move for RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi, however Sky Germany have reported the striker is now close to joining Borussia Dortmund.
Bild reported that the Merseyside club were leading the race for Adeyemi towards the end of last year, with Salzburg reportedly willing to sell him for £34 million.
Sky Germany have claimed that talks between Dortmund and Salzburg are at an advanced stage, with only a base transfer fee yet to be agreed.
The 20-year-old - who has bagged 18 goals in all competitions this season - is seen as the next Erling Haaland to the Bundesliga giants.
The Germany international has impressed as of late, scoring four goals in the Champions League to help his side progress to the knock-out stages.
The youngster also made his international debut in September 2021, becoming the first player in the post-war period from an Austrian club to feature for the German senior national team.
Adeyemi’s brilliant form has also attracted interest from Newcastle United, but the two Premier League sides will have to look elsewhere as he nears a move to Dortmund.