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Croatian defender confirms Liverpool wanted to sign him

Caleta-Car confirms Liverpool transfer interest
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Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car has confirmed that Liverpool made a move to sign him during the winter transfer window.

The Reds were desperately on the search for centre-backs on deadline day after the season-ending injuries for Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

Caleta-Car was fancied to join them for around £20m but the deal collapsed as Les Phoceens did not have sufficient time to bring in a quality replacement.

The Croatia international has now revealed that the Reds made an approach for his services, but ultimately he decided to stay put with Marseille for the season.

« Today, there is the Champions’ League, and I am going to watch the two games, I received an offer from Liverpool,” he said in a pre-match press conference ahead of the Nice game. 

« It was an honour for me to know that such a club wanted me. We decided with the club that I was going to stay. Marseille is also a great club and I still have a lot of improving to do here. »

The Reds strengthened the central defence before the deadline with the signings of Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak (on loan) from Preston North End and Schalke 04 respectively.

Kabak had a disappointing debut against Leicester City where he was positionally poor and he will need to make a big improvement to turn his deal into a permanent one.

The Merseyside giants could return for Caleta-Car this summer. Les Phoceens may be tempted to sell him, given their financial woes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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