Manchester United signing Memphis Depay did not speak to Rodgers despite Liverpool interest

Was missing out on Memphis Depay to Manchester United a big loss to Liverpool?

New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay has told ESPN that Louis van Gaal was the only manager he spoke to in his quest to find a new club.

Depay was Europe's most in demand player earlier this summer, courted by top clubs as he looked to make his next move onwards from Dutch champions PSV.

He signed for Manchester United in early May, and is due to make his pre-season debut this Friday.

Among the clubs interested in signing him were United's Premier League rivals Liverpool, with The Metro claiming he was close to a deal with the Anfield side. The Mirror had even reported Depay had flown in for 'secret' talks with the Reds.

Former player Dirk Kuyt had even advised Depay, as reported The Metro, to snub United to sign for Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers did not even get as far as speaking to the player, contrary to The Mirror's report, as revealed by Depay himself.

The Netherlands international told ESPN: "I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me. He gave me the feeling that I was very important for him not only as a player but also as a person. And then it was clear that I would go to Manchester United."

Depay or Firmino?

Losing out on Depay was seen as a great blow for Liverpool, but they subsequently went and made a marquee signing of their own.

The Reds bought Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim in a big money deal, and his impact will be measured against United's Depay.

It is too early to say which one will prove in the long term to be more successful, but Liverpool need not now be so disappointed at missing out on the Dutchman, even if he would have been a certain upgrade on Raheem Sterling.

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