Recently sacked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that his old side attempted to sign Memphis Depay before he joined Manchester United over the summer.
The Northern Irishman was relieved of his Anfield duties over the weekend and looks set to be replaced by German tactician Jurgen Klopp.
Rodgers was, however, in charge of the club through their activity in the last transfer window, in which they spent heavily to sign players such as Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke while selling Raheem Sterling.
Depay was a target for the Merseyside club during the summer and reports even claimed that ‘secret talks’ between the player and the North West outfit took place.
However, the Netherlands international eventually joined United to link-up with former international boss Louis van Gaal, and Rodgers confirmed in an interview conducted before his sacking that his side were after the Dutch winger, but that their desire to sign a striker curtailed their pursuit of him:
“PSV had given us permission to have conversations with him.” He told Voetbal International (via the Daily Star).
“Apart from a huge talent, he came across as a good boy to me, but Liverpool were looking for a central striker and Memphis, until then, had primarily played as a left winger.”
Depay scored 22 league goals as PSV Eindhoven claimed the Eredivisie title last season, but his form at Old Trafford has not been as impressive so far.
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