Seydou Keita, the former Barcelona midfielder, has revealed he held 'advanced talks' with Liverpool before deciding to join Valencia during the January transfer window.
The 34-year-old Mali international is back in La Liga have spent a season-and-a-half in China with Dalian Aerbin FC, but could have secured a move to the Premier League before last week's deadline.
Keita claims Liverpool were in the running for his signature and, having initially been open to a move to Anfield, chose against joining the Reds when it emerged there was an opportunity to sign for Valencia.
"When my agent told me that Valencia called to sign me, I didn’t hesitate for even a second," Keita said, as reported by Goal.com.
"I had very advanced talks with Liverpool, but I wanted to come here and I made that known to my agent.
"When I have come to play at Mestalla with Sevilla or Barcelona I worked very hard to win, because it’s a very big club with very good fans and which plays football that I like."
Liverpool's failure to land Keita further exacerbates their problems to sign a single target before the deadline, with Brendan Rodgers having hoped to recruit at least one player of note.
The Reds had looked set to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel only for Chelsea to swoop for the Egypt international, while Dnipro pulled the plug on a deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka after it appeared certain he would move to Merseyside.