Negotiations between the Reds and Barca for Montoya have ground to a halt.
There could be another blow for Liverpool in their pursuit of January transfer window signings as a move for FC Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya is off, according to the Mirror.
The Reds were looking to bring in the defender as competition for Glen Johnson and the Daily Star reported that chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Catalonia in November 2013 to negotiate the deal.
However, whilst discussions between the two clubs were held, Montoya has decided to instead stay at the Nou Camp and pen a new contract with the Spanish champions.
This will understandably come as bad news for the Merseyside outfit, made all the more worse by the fact that their £10m deal for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah also looks to be hijacked.
Despite having been in talks with the Swiss champions for some time about the move, Premier League rivals Chelsea are ready to swoop in a snap up the Egyptian.
The Blues are on the verge of selling Juan Mata to Manchester United for a £37m fee and will immediately use some of that money to land Salah.
As yet Brendan Rodgers has bought in no new faces to Anfield in the New Year and there are concerns over the side’s squad depth.
Rodgers’ men have been in good form in 2013/14 and are currently fourth in the league after 22 matches, as they look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since 2009.
See who are the top 10 best Liverpool players of all time.
Read more Liverpool transfer news.