7 Oct 2016

'It's My Dream': Brazilian 'goal-machine' reveals 'Liverpool' transfer 'offer' and explains why he rejected move

Many Liverpool fans (myself included) have probably never heard of Brazilian striker Cleverson Cordova, but the 31-year old claims this week that he once rejected a transfer to Anfield.

In an interview with ESPN, Cordova revealed that Liverpool tried to sign him during Roy Hodgson's brief managerial reign. He explained:

"I had to give up on many offers from Europe, such as Liverpool, Fiorentina, Lyon and Marseille. It was very difficult because it’s my dream to play for a major European club, especially after Roy Hodgson called me a ‘goal machine".

Goal machine? To be fair, it's a fairly accurate description, and prior to Liverpool's alleged interest, Cordova achieved some great stats for Partizan Belgrade:

* 52 goals/assists in 57 apps (One every 87 minutes).

With those figures, it's easy to see why Hodgson was interested. Cleverson has no regrets about rejecting Anfield, though:

“I could be playing in Europe nowadays, but I wouldn’t have financially got what I did in four years in China. I would have to play a whole career in Europe and work as a coach to get close to that".

Soon after Hodgson left, Liverpool signed Luis Suarez, so all's well that ends well.


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