German side had expected Liverpool bids for defender.
Bundesliga side Schalke were reportedly willing to do business with Liverpool over the possible transfer of Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, according to the Daily Express.
The Reds had been linked with several moves for central defenders this summer, due to some speculation over the future of defensive pair Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel, both reportedly targets for Barcelona and Napoli, respectively.
In the end, neither player ended up departing Anfield, and manager Brendan Rodgers moved to bring in Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori instead of Papadopoulos.
The 21-year-old Greek international is rated as one of the top defensive prospects in the game, and was also linked with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea at points this summer as they searched for new additions at the back, though he ended up staying in Germany.
However, it seems that Schalke were expecting another offer from Liverpool and would have been willing to negotiate with the Reds over one of their star players.
This is in stark contrast to another in-demand Schalke star, Julian Draxler, who was a top target for Arsenal towards the end of the transfer window, though Schalke insisted he would cost around £60m to leave the club.