Liverpool missed out on the transfer of Lyon centre-half Marcelo during the January window after the French side suffered an injury crisis of their own.
Jurgen Klopp was desperate to sign a new central defender after the Cameroonian star Joel Matip joined the long-term injury list.
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are already out for the campaign after suffering serious knee injuries last year, while Dejan Lovren was sold with no replacement brought in.
After Joel went down with an ankle ligament injury in the victory win over Tottenham, Klopp was hunting for a last-gasp replacement.
The German manager saw the Lyon man, as a short-term, experienced solution but Les Gones sent Reds chief packing after they lost star defender Jason Denayer to an injury of his own at the weekend.
The 33-year-old Marcelo is keen to have a crack at the English top-flight before his career is over, with West Ham also interested.
On a potential move, the defender claimed: “To the play in the Premier League is a dream. If an offer comes from West Ham, I would consider it.”
The Brazilian star – who has played 20 times in Ligue 1 this season – was left unimpressed by the Anfield side’s short-term six-month deal offer.
Ultimately Liverpool still managed to bring in new faces at the back. They were one of the most active PL clubs on the final day of the transfer market.
The English defender Ben Davies arrived in a £1.6 million move from Preston and the Turkey international Ozan Kabak joined the Reds on a six-month loan from Bundesliga struggles Schalke with an option to buy.