Liverpool are not in the running to sign highly-rated Ghana teenager Abdul Fatawu Issahaku this summer.
Reports in Ghana over the weekend claimed the Reds had stolen a march in the race to snap up the 17-year-old attacking midfielder.
It was suggested Liverpool had swooped in to take the player from Ghanaian club Steadfast FC ahead of Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.
However, the ECHO understands the Reds are not pursuing a deal for Issahaku at present.
In any case, employment rules now in place in the United Kingdom mean Liverpool would be unable to sign the player until he is 18 next March.
Sporting Lisbon and Villarreal are now being linked with Issahaku, who shot to prominence when named player of the tournament in helping Ghana with the Africa U20 Cup of Nations earlier this year.
The teenager subsequently earned a first call-up to the national team for their qualifying matches in the Africa Cup of Nations in March.