Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez has claimed that he came close to joining Liverpool before his current club put an end to a prospective loan deal.
The 25-year-old Germany international is well down the pecking order at the Allianz Arena, but Bayern were keen to retain Gomez's services for the time being.
He told Bild:"I have said that if I leave Bayern I will go abroad. Then came this interesting offer from Liverpool.
"I took the loan offer seriously and discussed it with my family and girlfriend because I just want to play.
"But Bayern gave me the impression that they see a future for me and therefore a change was not an issue anymore."
Meanwhile, new Tottenham Hotspur signing Rafael van der Vaart has claimed that he turned down the chance to join the Reds, opting to move to White Hart Lane from Real Madrid.
He told Sky Sports News:"Liverpool were interested. Bayern were not interested.
"In the end you have to have a good feeling and with this manager I got a good feeling. I am happy and I am going to Spurs."