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Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car has confirmed that he turned down an offer to join Liverpool during the January transfer window, describing it as an ‘honor’ anyway.
The worsening central crisis forced a reluctant Liverpool to enter the transfer market at the end of the January window. Caleta-Car was rumored to be a deadline day target and the player himself has revealed that the Premier League champions were genuinely chasing him.
Having allowed Dejan Lovren to leave last summer without replacing him, Liverpool always intended to start long-term recruiting as a central defender in the summer of 2021. But significant injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez gave a problem. to the Reds.
Even then, however, Jurgen Klopp and the board agreed to move on until they could better assess his needs in the summer. But losing Jordan Henderson from midfield to cover at the rear and then seeing Joel Matip also succumb to an injury that was later confirmed to be the end of the season, forced Liverpool into action sooner than they had. anticipated.
Caleta-Car, 24, who joined Marseille from Red Bull Salzburg in 2018, was one of the options under consideration. But the Croatian agreed with his club that he would remain in France.
“I received an offer from Liverpool,” Caleta-Car said, quoted by Aim. “It was an honor for me to know that a club like this loved me. We decided with the club that I would stay. Marseille is also a great club and I still have a lot to improve here.”
Instead, Liverpool completed a deal to sign Ben Davies from Preston for an initial £ 500,000, as well as a £ 1.5m loan to 20-year-old Schalke star Ozan Kabak, with a purchase option for 18 million pounds sterling.
Jurgen Klopp has been reluctant to launch his new centers directly into action as they adjust to their new environment. Davies has not been selected for a team of the day since being named to the bench for the loss to Brighton earlier in the month. Meanwhile, Kabak had his chance against Leicester and was embarrassed by Alisson’s costly mistake in the 3-1 loss.