Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted two other players before signing Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum, according to journalist Kristian Walsh.
But he's probably very pleased with the way he decided to go in the end, given that the aforementioned pair have become such important players under his watch.
"Zielinski has now established himself at Napoli, while Wijnaldum has become a key part of the Reds' midfield. Last summer, Julian Brandt opted to remain at Bayer Leverkusen despite interest from Klopp, with Mohamed Salah arriving instead.
"It was a move which clearly paid dividends for Liverpool - but Brandt enjoyed a good season himself, ending with selection for the World Cup ahead of Leroy Sane."
As mentioned above, the German coach should have no regrets over his choices, given the players' success at Anfield. Salah, in particular, helped fire the side to the Champions League final last season but was unfortunately forced off early in the contest due to an injury.