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Liverpool are determined to proceed with the summer capture of Tom Ince... despite the player fearing any chance of a move has gone.
The Anfield club made a concerted effort to land Blackpool forward Ince in the January transfer window, but baulked at the £6million fee the Championship club placed on someone who has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
That has led the England U21 international to express concerns he will be denied his dream return to Merseyside, where he spent his development years in the Reds' academy.
But manager Brendan Rodgers has now made it clear he will not give up on Ince, who he sees a real star of the future.
Rodgers is hopeful a bid of around £4m will persuade the Seasiders to sell.
Ince could have avoided the heartache he faced in January but, after spending more than three years at Anfield, he was sold to Blackpool 18 months ago after turning down a new contract.
That move was the making of him, with his England recognition followed by the award of the Football League's Young Player of the Year trophy, which he received last Sunday.
The player's dad, ex-Liverpool midfielder Paul, was recently appointed as Blackpool manager.
While that could ease any potential problems in a prospective summer deal, the youngster himself admitted this week that he may have to wait for a switch.
"There was something about Liverpool coming in for me in January - and to go to a top club like that would have been fantastic - but I have to realise, it's about playing football and I don't think any of the moves were close," he said.
"It's great having that speculation and it's very flattering. To have teams of that magnitude saying you're a decent player, it gives me a smile and flatters me a lot.
"For me though it's about putting my faith in Blackpool because without that club, my teammates and the fans I wouldn't be Football League Young Player of the Year and the player I am now.
"My dream is to play at the top level and to achieve my ambitions, but it's all about timing and patience, so when you get to the top you are ready to go and not jumping too soon."