Ovie Ejaria's loan move from Liverpool to Leeds collapsed due to ankle ligament damage
But Garry Monk's side pulled out of the agreement to bring Ejaria to Elland Road after he suffered ankle ligament damage just before the transfer deadline.
Ejaria has featured eight times for Liverpool in all competitions this season and would have acted as a replacement for Alex Mowatt, who joined Championship rivals Barnsley.
But despite missing out on Ejaria Leeds still had an eventful deadline day with Monk bringing in wingers Alfonso Pedraza and Mo Barrow from Villarreal and Swansea respectively.
Jurgen Klopp agreed to let Ejaria leave on loan
Ejaria now faces a spell on the sidelines with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp revealing that he had sustained his injury during the first half of Liverpool's FA Cup defeat to Wolves at Anfield.
"He [Ejaria] played with a ruptured syndesmosis" Klopp said.
"I don't exactly know how this works but he got a knock in the first half, half-time he got treatment, and everybody was asking if it was good [and he said] it was good.
"I couldn't see anything in the second half and he woke up the next morning and it was [swollen]."
Ejaria suffered his injury during the FA Cup defeat to Wolves
Leeds United's January ins and outs
Sun, December 25, 2016
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
Express Sport takes a look at the potential ins and outs at Elland Road
1 of 5
West Ham beat Leeds to Ashley Fletcher in the summer but the striker is already available for £2m
Klopp also paid testament to his young stars' desire, but stressed that Ejaria will be out of action for some time.
"These boys really want [to play] – if there's any doubt about it – even the very young ones,” he said.
"Now he's obviously out for a while. [The syndesmosis] is a ligament between the shin bone and the [ankle].
"It's not nice, it's really painful."