Liverpool are expected to miss out on the signature of Spanish La Liga outfit Barcelona winger Malcolm as the winter transfer window runs out in coming days.
The Brazilian has been on the radar of the Merseyside club and it was hoped that he would join the club for the remaining part of the season.
The Reds team have got a potent attack with Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Salah but manager Jurgen Klopp is of the opinion that there is a need for a backup player.
The attacking duo Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi are both seeking to leave the club to find regular playing time which is the reason why there is a need for an addition in the team.
Malcolm is known to be a great player of big quality but he is obviously unhappy at the Camp Nou and is seeking for a move away.
However, Liverpool are faced with a number of competitions with North London outfit Arsenal also interested in his signature while Chinese Super League team Guangzhou Evergrande are also keen to land him.
The fact that Malcolm will not be able to secure a starting role at the Anfield makes it a big blow for Liverpool in the race.