Instead, the Reds opted to move elsewhere by signing Kabak on a short-term loan with an option to buy for £18m.
While the Turkey international has earned some praise for slotting into Liverpool’s makeshift defensive unit, the jury is still out on whether he will join on a permanent basis.
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards will likely see signing a top-rated centre-back as his No 1 priority this summer after the disastrous injury crisis this season.
And Militao’s performance against the Reds on Tuesday was almost a slap in the face to Liverpool’s transfer official on what they could have signed in January.
Ibrahima Konate may well be Liverpool’s first choice as he will likely be a cheaper alternative to Militao, but the latter has certainly made his case for a switch to Anfield.