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Liverpool 'are at the end of the road financially', says Bayern supremo

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed that Liverpool could not afford striker Mario Gomez, after they tried to sign him in the summer transfer window.

The Reds desperately tried to bring in another striker to add more firepower to their attack and Gomez was their top target.

The former Stuttgart man, who is the most expensive player in Bundesliga history, lent weight to Liverpool’s case by admitting he wanted a move to Anfield.

However, Roy Hodgson’s men were only interested in a loan deal for Gomez, with his wages of around £130,000 and asking price being far too high.

And Hoeness has sent out a warning to Liverpool, saying: “We would have only considered allowing Gomez to go if ­Liverpool had been willing to buy him. But they are at the end of the road financially.

“The banks won’t give them any more money. There aren’t many clubs left with money to spend. Manchester City are one, but they can’t buy 100 players.”

Despite a difficult first season at the Allianz Arena, Hoeness added that the German champions wanted to keep him there.

“I’ve ­often found players only make a breakthrough in their second year at a club. So we were convinced Gomez should stay with us,” he said.

It emerged, after the transfer window shut, that Liverpool had been rejected by a whole host of teams for strikers in the Premier League.

West Ham’s Carlton Cole, Wolves’ Kevin Doyle and Fulham’s Bobby Zamora were all the subjects of deadline day offers of around £10 million from Hodgson.

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