Liverpool made a January transfer bid for Fernando Llorente, claims the player.
The Reds were linked with a number of strikers in the winter window before Kenny Dalglish completed deals for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll on deadline day at Liverpool.
Llorente has a release clause in his contract in the region of €35 million, and were willing to spend big to bring the Spaniard to Liverpool. However, their move failed as the player highlights.
'Representatives from Liverpool arrived in Bilbao and had talks with the leadership of our club,' said the 25-year old.
'But obviously the club did not want to sell me, so to talk about this any longer makes no sense.
'At the moment, my football future is associated with Athletic. There are clubs prepared to pay (his buyout clause of) £30 million but that is what football is. It's mad.'
With the arrival of Carroll at Anfield, it seems unlikely that the Reds will move again for the player in an effort to bring him to Liverpool.
The former Baskonia forward is one of the rising stars in La Liga, but his own assessment of 'mad' football means you can never write off an interested party, and Liverpool might consider a move in the future should thinks not work out with their newest signings.
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