They have been on hiatus since the end of 2015 and were supposed to reform after 18 months.
But now coming up on two and a half years all the members have released solo singles.
And by February One Direction had folded it touring company, implying any chance of a reunion was unlikely.
Last August Liam seemed hopeful: “I think we will reunite at some point in the future. We have to!
In the interview, Liam said they are now focusing on their solo careers, “the only way” that they could get “more successful” as a group, he said.
“We’ve got an album we haven’t even toured yet. And I want to write some more songs as well with the boys.”
“I’d say over the course of the year I’ll start writing. With jamming at sound checks and things like that, things always come up – little riffs and bits and pieces.”
One Direction was formed as a group for singing competition “The X Factor” in 2010. In 2015, shortly after Malik left the group, other members went to pursue solo careers.
British singer and songwriter Liam Payne hinted in a viral video interview that he and fellow One Direction members Niall Horan, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson will get back together “at some point in the future.”
“We’ve all spoken about it… The dream for this most fantastic show that could be is amazing!” he said
It excited Directioners worldwide, making the hashtag #OneDirectionReunion a top trending Twitter topic.
Nevertheless, according to Coral, One Direction is now odds-on to reform in 2018 at 1-2.
A spokesman for the bookmakers said: “The odds have been slashed considerably in the last few days on the world’s biggest boyband getting back together and if this latest gamble is correct, it could be sooner rather than later.”