Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka says that he has put the frustration of his failed January move to Liverpool in the past ahead of tonight’s meeting with Tottenham in the Europa League.
The Ukrainian star was expected to make a deadline day switch to Anfield last month, but after much confusion the transfer fell through.
Konoplyanka was said to have agreed personal terms and conducted a medical with the Merseysiders, yet the deal was not processed after it was alleged that his club dragged their feet over payment issues – something that has been publicly denied by both sides.
Tonight will present the 24-year-old wide-man with his first opportunity to demonstrate his skills to English fans since the saga, and ‘Kono’ says that he has put it all in the past.
“Everything that happened is in the past,” he told The Express.
“There is a good saying ‘everything is for the best’ – all we have to do is concentrate on the game for tomorrow, that is all.
“It doesn’t influence my game tomorrow and if the coach finds it possible to put me in the team I will do all I can – all I have to think about is that game.
“It is a good chance for any player to play against a team like that. It is a better motivation for us to play tomorrow and do our best.”
Dnipro’s manager Juande Ramos – a former Spurs coach – also spoke of Konoplyanka’s proposed Liverpool move, claiming that he was not surprised to see it collapse.
“It is a normal situation when the market is open and there are rumours about the possible transfers,” Ramos said.
“Some take place, some do not, they don’t have the right to decide to move or not.”