Ola Toivonen admits he could have joined Liverpool last summer - but believes he made the right decision to stay with PSV Eindhoven.
The 24-year-old was on the radar of the Merseysiders during the tenure of Roy Hodgson and the Reds known to be closely monitoring his situation.
There were even suggestions during the summer that Hodgson and Liverpool assistant Sammy Lee had both been on scouting missions to view Toivonen at close quarters.
The Swedish marksman gave a clear indication of his talents by netting five times in two games while Lee was observing, and he also scored in an international friendly against Scotland; which was witnessed by the former Liverpool boss.
Indeed, it was soon confirmed that the €11 million-rated marksman had been considered as a potential partner for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres.
"We have discussed his name, that's true," Hodgson told Sky Sports.
Toivonen has now confirmed that a move to Anfield had been a 'realistic option', but the timing of the transfer was not in his best interests.
"Initially, I really didn't know how to act when I heard about Liverpool's interest. PSV and Liverpool hadn't agreed terms yet, but that seemed a realistic option," Toivonen told Voetbal International - as reported by Goal.com.
"I didn't know whether it was the right thing to do to leave PSV for Liverpool,
"I discussed it with a lot of people and eventually reached the conclusion that it wasn't the right time to sign for Liverpool. I could have caused problems that PSV didn't want to sell me, but I had plenty of reasons not to do so.
"It was good to see that PSV considered me to be an important player. Additionally, the timing wasn't right. Pre-season had already ended and all first team places were pretty much taken."