Brendan Rodgers: Liverpool didn't want Manchester United’s Memphis Depay

Brendan Rodgers

The Northern Irish manager has stated that the Reds did not go up against the Old Trafford side for the Dutchman.

Manchester Untied have started their transfer business early, with the signature of Memphis Depay confirmed this week.

The promising Dutch attacker was mentioned as a possible target for Liverpool as well, with The Telegraph stating that United beat the Reds to the 22-year-old’s signature.

However, with Louis van Gaal’s charges winning the battle to land Depay, Brendan Rodgers has moved to clarify things.

The former Swansea City chief has stated that the Anfield outfit were never interested in the PSV Eindhoven star and already have substantial attacking midfield options at their disposal.

"Unfortunately for you guys, it wasn't one we were ever interested in,” Rodgers told reporters at a press conference, published in ESPN.

“He’s obviously a talented young player, but we already have four wingers at the club.

"We've got young Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, so we'll have other priorities we're looking at for the summer.

"As you can tell from the number of players we have in those positions, a wide player -- particularly on the left side, where we've got Raheem -- we're quite well stocked with those players.”

Just how much truth is in Rodgers’ sentiments remains to be seen, as PSV chief Marcel Brands has stated that Liverpool were one of the teams interested in Depay.

The Netherlands international is adjudged as one of the most promising young players in European football and regardless of Liverpool’s other options in the same position, landing him would have been a real statement of intent.

The fact that Lallana has suffered injuries and Markovic has been underwhelming on Merseyside thus far will add to the Anfield faithful’s frustrations that United are unveiling Depay, not Liverpool.

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