German Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin are still hopeful they can tempt Liverpool to part company with Ukranian striker Andriy Voronin before the transfer window closes.
Voronin spent all of last season on loan at Hertha, impressing with 11 goals in 20 appearances.
But he has now returned to Merseyside, eager to stake a place in Rafa Benitez’s team with Liverpool short of recognised attacking options.
However Hertha coach Lucien Favre says the club are still in contact with Voronin.
“Yes, I have contact with Andriy, just spoken to him on the telephone,” he told Bild newspaper.
“The contact was never broken off. He played excellently for us.”
Hertha General Manager Michael Preetz added, “We would like to have Voronin – if it was financially doable.”
Voronin was used as a late susbtitute during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday at White Hart Lane.