Balague tells SkySports he was convinced Liverpool had signed Manchester United new boy Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes

Victor Valdes confirmed his move to Manchester United last week. How close did he come to signing with Liverpool?

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has told SkySports he was convinced Liverpool would sign Victor Valdes.

The goalkeeper signed as a free agent with Manchester United last week, having been training with them for the past two months.

He said: "I was absolutely convinced that he was going to Liverpool. I have got very good reasons to say so and I know a lot of people in Liverpool who also thought he was going. But he felt that he was being trialled at Anfield.

"And very cleverly, Louis van Gaal said we are not going to trial you, just come and train with us. But in a way, it was the same thing. It was just the choice of words he used, so Valdes decided to go there instead."

This is potentially a difference where Van Gaal's experience of working with big egos and top stars proved superior to Rodgers, who has this year managed only his first season in the Champions League.

United's signing of the former Barcelona star adds a real layer of comfort to their goalkeeping depth chart, with Valdes a more than capable back-up behind David de Gea.

At Liverpool, there could have been an even more urgent need for him, with Simon Mignolet entering the season first choice, but recently being dropped due to poor form and replaced with the equally convincing Brad Jones.

The Mail had reported in September that Liverpool expected to 'wrap up' a deal for Valdes, and it certainly sounds from what Balague was hearing and is saying, that there was interest at one stage, but the Reds decision not to act on it, or inability to, may already be a matter they come to regret.

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