New Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has revealed he had the chance to link up with Brendan Rodgers again at Liverpool, prior to joining Harry Redknapp’s side from Reading last week.
McCarthy worked under Rodgers during the Reds manager’s brief tenure with the Royals in 2009, before later establishing himself as the club’s first-choice option during their 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
With Liverpool’s search for a new backup to Simon Mignolet no secret, following Pepe Reina’s move to Bayern Munich, the 24-year-old was widely rumoured to be reuniting with the Northern Irishman at Anfield during the closing stages of the transfer window.
McCarthy himself has confirmed that the opportunity to move to Merseyside was there but, as tough a decision it was to turn the club down, QPR presented a better chance of first-team football.
‘I’ve known Brendan for a while from when he managed at Reading, although I didn’t work with him a lot there, after going out on loan,’ he told Sky Sports News HQ.
‘But I ended up going down the route of QPR because, still being young, I see myself having the chance of playing more under Harry.
‘Obviously Brendan’s gone to Liverpool, done wonders there, and brought loads of the young players through,’ he added. ‘Many of them are playing in the England squad now so it was a tough decision.
‘But I ended up going with my gut feelings of QPR. It was the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my career but it’s one I’ve made now and I’ll stick by.’
McCarthy still faces a battle for playing time at QPR, with Rob Green currently between the sticks, but, if he keeps up the form of past two seasons, then he should soon be in contention to unseat the veteran.
That likely wouldn't have proved the case at Anfield, with Belgian international Mignolet firmly established as the number one option going forward.
Having missed out on the former England under-21 international, Liverpool, meanwhile, look set to land free agent Victor Valdes at some point over the coming months, with the ex-Barcelona shot-stopper reported to be signing once he recovers from a torn ACL suffered at the end of last season.